Gray’s Chapel African-American cemetery protected

Published 3:38 pm Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This 1.52-acre section was part of the property purchased in 2005 by Tryon Arts & Crafts that is known as Alexander&squo;s Ford.

When Tryon Arts & Crafts decided to sell Alexander&squo;s Ford, it worked with the purchaser, the Bradley Fund LLC, to protect the cemetery.

Both organizations agreed that the African-American cemetery would be donated to the church.

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The acreage purchased by the Bradley Fund LLC (an entity related to the Polk County Community Foundation) in 2006 will become the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander&squo;s Ford, a public park.

&bsp;Gray&squo;s Chapel now owns both the white and the African-American sections of the cemetery.