Who Lies Here


Most official Cemetery burial records have been lost over the years. But with the help of families, community members and researchers, we are gathering information on those interred in the John N. Smith Cemetery. 


As a part of our Public Education initiative, we are highlighting names and history of those at rest in this Cemetery.




Abram Blount, 1842 - 1912. Blount was a Civil War veteran who served in Infantry Co. C, 37th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops. After the war he made his livelihood as a fisherman, and he and his wife Philis raised several children.



Anna (Annie) A. Clemmons, 1890 -1956. Ms. Clemons was a nurse who worked with Dr. J. Arthur Dosher in Southport. She also volunteered during the 1918 flu pandemic and received a certificate for heroic services. She will best be remembered for her attempts to register to vote in 1920. Having failed to read and write to the satisfaction of the Brunswick County registrar, Ms. Clemons wrote letters to the National Women’s Party (NWP) in Washington, D.C, the result of which was that they were unable to help her. These correspondences are in the archives of the National Women’s Party, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Library of Congress, and the Susie Carson Research Room at the Southport Historical Society. 



910-269-1370 Judy Gordon

P.O. Box 11241 Southport NC  28461

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