Lane Street Project: 10 September 2020.

10 September 2020, Wilson, North Carolina. Here lie the graves of thousands of African-American dead.

Odd Fellows Cemetery, sprayed with herbicide.

A garbage bag dumped inside the treeline at Odd Fellows.

Trash strewn at Vick Cemetery.

Rountree Cemetery fully festooned in late-summer foliage.

Again, Rountree Cemetery.

Odd Fellows. Samuel H. Vick, who died in 1948, is buried in that jungle.


  1. Thank you Lisa for your diligence in reporting out on the sacred grounds of African American families.

    Since reading your posts, recently I linked out to the Wilson Genealogical Society and was able to purchase the book that you referenced that contain the names of African Americans buried in these cemetaries that contain the remains of our people. After 71 years I was able to find the grave of my sister who was buried in Rountree / Vick Cemetary back in 1949. Because of your passion to do this work, I am able to go to Wilson this weekend to push thru the weeds and leave a memento for my mother’s child, my sister who lived for 6 days and died ….but is not forgotten.


    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to Dr. Judy Rashid Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s