Hickory Flat, Benton County, Mississippi
Cemetery Name: Selph Graveyard
Street: Pinegrove Road
City: Hickory Flat
Land Type: Private
Number of graves: 30-35
Oldest grave: pre1840
Owner: I only have the last name of the land owner and it is McDonald.
The cemetery lies about a half mile off the main county road in the woods. An old roadbed still exists but is impassible by car. The cemetery is roughly 100x75. The graves seem to be in 3 rows. There are 3 engraved markers. The rest of the graves are unmarked where you can see low areas or marked by stones. The area is severely overgrown with large trees, briars, grass and all types of groundcover. There is a partial hole in a grave when someone at sometime cam in and attempted to dig around the grave of a confederate soldier.
If a road isn't cleared and the cemetery cleaned the cemetery will remain in the mess its in to only get worse and will finally be lost. No one will know it even know it exist after my generation is gone.
I have written a letter to the Governors office Ronnie Musgrove and have not received a response. I contacted the courthouse in Benton County where I was told unless I can provide a law that states that the county is obligated to repair the entrance road or clear it off nothing will be done.
I have gotten nothing done about this situation what so ever. Is there anyone else I can go to for assistance?
Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:
name: Mark Renick