Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Mount Ararat Cemetery

Marker ID: THC 3A 176
Location: on Elm Hill Pike between the intersections of Orr Avenue and Fesslers Lane, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 08.701    W 086° 44.831
  36.14501666    -86.74718333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMD529


Mount Ararat, Nashville’s first African-American cemetery, was officially opened in April 1869. The property was purchased on March 23, 1869, by the Colored Sons of Relief Number One and the Colored Benevolent Society. Lots went on sale on May 2, 1869. Notable persons interred here include some of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Rev. Nelson Merry, and sculptor William Edmonson. After becoming a part of Greenwood Cemetery in 1983, Mount Ararat Cemetery became Greenwood Cemetery West in 1986.