Lane Street Project: aerial views, part 2.

In an earlier post, we saw aerial photographs depicting the decline of the Lane Street cemeteries from 1937 to 1948 to 1954 and 1964. An additional image, taken in 1971, completes the arc of ruin of these sacred spaces.

Vick Cemetery was completely forested, as was Rountree Cemetery. Odd Fellows appears marginally better kept, with a path still visible at its eastern edge. Five or so years later, when I discovered these cemeteries as a child riding a bicycle from her home in Bel Air Forrest, the vegetation was even thicker.

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Thanks again to Will Corbett, GIS Coordinator, Wilson County Technology Services Department, for sharing these images.


  1. My Uncle Howard Fitts, Jr. Took me to Vick and Odd Fellows years ago after visiting Rest Haven where my grandparents James and Della Battle are buried with other relatives. He said my great grandparents were buried somewhere in those forested cemeteries.

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