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Pioneer Cemetery

Historic Site in Greenville

The Pioneer Cemetery is surrounded by an ornate cast iron fence, as are some of the family burial sites. Many of the early settlers of the area are buried within its grounds, including Captain William Butler for whom Butler County is named. He was killed near Butler Springs fighting Indians led by Savanna Hack in March 1818. He was reburied here at a later time. The oldest marked grave is that of early settler James Dunklin, dated 1827, whose descendants still reside in Greenville. Several of the graves have cast iron covers, an invention patented in 1874 by Greenville native Joseph R. Abrams. Several graves are covered with giant cockle shells, an old Southern custom.

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Pioneer Cemetery
S. Park St.
Greenville, AL 36037
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