Slaughter Cemetery



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As far as we have been able to tell, the oldest grave in Slaughter Cemetery is that of two infants born to John and Lydia Slaughter in 1848. They were buried on a hill overlooking the Slaughter Plantation and thus began the Slaughter family cemetery.


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In 1892 John Slaughter passed and his tombstone was erected near the center of the cemetery. It conspicuously reads, "We have met again for as in Adam all die, in Christ shall be made alive."
This verse, 1 Corinthians 15:22 was one of the favorite proof verses of the Universalist faiths who were convinced that one did not need a seminary education to understand the meaning of the word 'all'.

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History is about remembering the with romanticizing the bad parts. To the right of the cemetery, in a small pine grove, is the African American section. Early Universalists included people like Founding Father Benjamin Rush who were staunch aboloitionists. Others, particularly in the Deep South, were slave owners. Originally separated by a fence, the current caretakers of Slaughter Cemetery are working to rejoin the plot to the rest of the cemetery.

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