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Cemeteries in Knox County

Bethel Cemetery, The - Bethel Cemetery contains more than 1,600 Confederate dead, including several hundred soldiers who were killed in the battle of Fort Sanders. In addition, around 50 prisoners and 20 Civil War veterans are interred here.

Cades Cove Preservation Association, The - established to preserve the heritage of the Cades Cove community, located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Coal Creek Mine Disaster Burial Site - On May 19, 1902, the worst mining disaster in the history of the South occurred in the Coal Creek watershed. Newspapers in 1902 reported the death toll at 212 men and boys. The official death toll was 184 men and boys. Itinerant miners were also killed in the explosion, but not included in the official listing of fatalities because their names were unknown.

First Presbyterian Church Cemetery - The First Presbyterian Church Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Established in the 1790s, the cemetery contains the graves of some of Knoxville's most prominent early residents, including territorial governor and Constitutional Convention delegate William Blount and Knoxville founder James White. In 1996, the cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

History of the Coal Creek Watershed - After the Civil War, prisons in the South overflowed. Southern states enacted the "convict lease system" which turned prisoners from liabilities into assets by leasing them to work in mines, plantations, and railroads.  There were only three ways out of the convict labor system: escape, self-mutilation, or death. By the 1880's, business owners and politicians started using convict laborers to replace striking mine workers to crush labor unrest. Prison and labor reform movements of the time saw no end in sight for this cruel institution.

Knoxville National Cemetery - Records of burials provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs on July 2, 2000.

Old Gray Cemetery - Old Gray clearly depicts Knoxville's history as well as the Victorian era and provides an important example of cemetery planning and design during the rural-cemetery or garden movement. Old Gray Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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