Bessie King Homeplace Cemetery

A black cemetery in the Clear Creek community has disappeared. The cemetery was located on the property of the late Bessie King off Zeb Corn Road near today’s Bullington Center.
Erskine Corn of the Clear Creek community remembers the cemetery.
“Some of Bessie King’s ancestors and one of her daughters were buried there,” Corn said.
Corn grew up in the community and lived nearby.
When he returned home from World War II, there was a rock house sitting where the cemetery once stood. When he made inquiries, he discovered that the stones marking the grave sites were used to line a well.
“The owner told me they dug a well in the cemetery,” Corn said. “He opened up the well and showed me where he laid them around the well. He was plowing the garden once and fell down one of the graves waist deep.”
Corn estimated there were about 35 to 40 graves in the old black cemetery.