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Falls Dam Project
This is a listing of those graves that were relocated elsewhere in Wake County, NC. when Falls Lake was created. A list of those cemeteries that remain in place follows. I collected this information from records of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which were graciously supplied by Curtis T. Pope, Realty Specialist, NC Mgmt. Team.
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I have secured from Curtis Pope, Realty Specialist, Dept. of the Army Corps of Engineers, 2 lists of graves and a great deal of information regarding the process of determining and carrying out the removal of some cemeteries and the protection of others. A tremendous amount of work, paperwork, negotiations with local governments, physical work and careful planning are all evidenced in the 2 inch collection of records Mr. Pope forwarded to me. Much credit goes to the Corps of Engineers for courteous and prompt attention to my request for information, special thanks to Curtis Pope who was meticulous in supplying the records I requested. All the information below is excerpted from the records obtained from the US Army Corps of Engineers, through Mr. Pope.
In 1982 a Notice of Condemnation was filed by the US Attorney in the Durham Division of the US Middle District Court of North Carolina. The Court approved the order.
Thirteen cemeteries were designated to be relocated, containing approximately 675 graves. The list of relocated cemeteries and number of graves in each cemetery:
Unknown (Jenks) 2
Sikes (Harrison) 36
Peleg Rogers 32
Union Chapel Baptist Church 338
Two reinterment sites were selected.
Site # 1 in Wake County contains approx. 1.59 acres located off NCSR # 2000, 2200 feet north of the Neuse River and is bounded on the east by the original Falls Community Cemetery. Access is across existing roads through the original cemetery area.
Site # 2 in Durham County contains approx. 4.61 acres located off NCSR 1804 (Shaw Rd.) Access is across approx. 900 feet of stone surfaced road constructed during the Falls Lake Cemetery Relocation.
Jenks Cemetery; (previously unknown) A late location of next of kin resulted in reinterment in the family plot in the old section of Falls Community Cemetery.
Jackson Cemetery; The exact location of this cemetery,if it ever existed, was never known. At one time a monument with the name Fannie Jackson leaned against a small tree in the area. Since the original report of a grave in the area and the mapping of the only probable grave site, the monument has been stolen. Extensive probing over 1 acre failed to locate the grave.