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National Registry of Historic Places

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In June, 2020, the Cemetery Board applied to be on the National Registry of Historic Places. This submission was made to the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources whereby it will be reviewed by the NC National Register Advisory Committee. Once the application is approved, the nomination is sent to the National Park Service where the authority resides to list the cemetery on the National Registry. 

Southport cemetery makes it on to National register of Historic Places


Damage to the cemetery by  Hurricane Isaias in 2020 was estimated to be $3,715.00. The hurricane took out several large trees, one of which severely damaged a portion of the fencing.


"Gullah Geechee Culture Presentation"

Southport Historical Society April 2019

"Community works to restore African American cemetery" July,2018

John N. Smith Cemetery| WHQR

Feb 23,2018 WHQR Public Radio 91.3 serving the Cape Fear region, southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, classical, news arts....

Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, Inc. Aug. 2018

Grave Task: Citizens work to uncover unmarked graves at Southport Cemetery WECT New 6 July 2018

Smith Cemetery Research reveals more than 750 unmarked graves; more are anticipated.  State Port Pilot, Dec. 2017

Photos: Southport's Historic John N. Smith Cemetery  StarNews online Dec.2017

"Historic Restoration at the John N. Smith Cemetery in Southport"  May 3, 2018

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