Established in 1880

Judy Gordon and grandson walk through the John N. Smith Cemetery, Southport's only black cemetery. Gordon is co-leading the effort to restore and preserve the 135 year old cemetery.

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Welcome to the John N. Smith Cemetery

225 East Leonard Street, Southport NC 

 The preservation of the John N. Smith Cemetery has a historical and spiritual significance that is an essential part of the Southport Community. Its perpetual care will remind us of the lives and the contributions made by local black citizens towards Southport’s growth and development.

Many of the persons interred there were slaves, farmers, teachers, businessmen, laborers, domestic servants, homemakers, and other professionals. Additionally interred there are veterans dating from the Civil War and subsequent military campaigns.

The urgency to restore the cemetery comes as a result of disappearing gravesites and persons with knowledge to identify those sites.

The Southport community has the resources and the capacity to ensure the cemetery’s future is maintained forever as a unique and respected site for celebrating an honorable past.    Current Newspaper article

Grave site of Abram Galloway,
one of two civil war grave sites at the John N. Smith Cemetery in Southport.



NYTimes: For the Forgotten African-American Dead

An excellent Opinion article about neglected black cemeteries deserve the same level of care that their Confederate counterparts get.

Published 01/07/2017



Nehi stands tall- The State Port Pilot
State Port Pilot Article

At 7 feet, 8 inches,Southport native Elias 'Nehi' Gore was a towering figure over the city.

Gore's relatives and descendents were on hand recently as the N. C. Maritime

Museum at Southport opened an exhibit honoring him and his fellow fishermen from the 1940s.

Published on Feb 8, 2013

NYTimes: For the Forgotten African-American Dead