Atlas Black Cemetery, Lamar County, Texas
LOCATION: Atlas Black Cemetery is located in the southwest quadrant of the county about one and one-half miles south of the intersection of FM 2036 and FM 137 on CR 23100. It was on the east side of the road. All traces of the cemetery are now gone. DIRECTIONS: From Highway 19/24 South, turn west on FM 2036. Go approximately 1 mile to the intersection with FM 137. Turn south and proceed about 1 mile and turn south on CR 23100. The cemetery was on the east side of the road not far from the turn. GPS COORDINATES: 33° 34' 10.8689" N, -95° 36' 42.3479" W - GPS Coordinates are approximate.
(33.5696858 Latitude and -95.6117633 Longitude)
OLDEST KNOWN BURIAL: No names or dates were visible on the few remaining headstones. NUMBER OF GRAVES: Unknown. SIGNS/MARKERS: There are no signs for the cemetery. LAST ENUMERATION: Atlas Black Cemetery was first visited by Richard Duncan October 17, 2005, and revisited in 2015 only to find all visible traces of the cemetery are now gone. ADD'L INFORMATION: From the records of Richard Duncan: This area is south of Paris, Texas about nine miles and is just south of the Atlas community. CR 23100 is the old road path from Paris by way of the Mount Joy Crossing on Sulphur River to Delta County. It was once what was known as the Old Pleasant Grove area.
Although no positive identification of this cemetery has been found as no names or dates were visible on the markers, and no official recordings were made, it is believed by most to be an early black cemetery for this area. It is mentioned in the early Brackeen Family records of southern Lamar County as one of four Black cemeteries used in this area. The four cemeteries were one on the north side of McDonald Cemetery, Fate Rollerson Cemetery, a cemetery east of the Pleasant Grove area which is believed to have been located, and a cemetery south of Atlas which is believed to be this location. All traces of this cemetery have now been removed and it is part of Daisy Farm's pasture lands.
Thanks to the memory of an early bird hunter while hunting quail in this area this cemetery could be located. At the time it was found, all markers were down, but he recalled that a few once stood in the mid 1900s. Tony and Elizabeth Boothe also mention this cemetery in their findings.
The main part of the Atlas Community is now a few yards west of this cemetery location and on FM 137 which runs north into now Howland, Texas, where it turns west with 137 passing through Roxton, Texas and later turns north ot the Petty community and to Highway 82 between Honey Grove and Paris.
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