There are few physical, tangible remains of the slave period in Mecklenburg County, beyond some scattered and barren graveyards. One, known as the McCoy Slave Burial Ground, stands in farmland just off McCoy Road in Huntersville. There is little there, other than a stone marker, erected in the early twentieth century, which contains the following enscription:
“ERECTED BY ALBERT McCOY'S CHILDREN TO HIS SLAVES UNCLE JIM AND HIS WIFE LIZZIE UNCLE CHARLES & FAMILY”
The church estimates that there are 25 – 50 bodies in the cemetery, which was in use from 1840 to 1880. But, as is common with these sites, there are no markers to indicate placement, names, and dates. Individual markers placed were sometimes large rocks, crockery, or crafted from wood which would have disintegrated many decades ago.
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