It’s not on the east side of North Kerr Avenue, as you recalled, but Joseph Sheppard of the New Hanover County Public Library thinks you’re talking about the nearby Maides Cemetery, which is near North Kerr at the north end of Manly Avenue.
This African-American cemetery was on land that belonged to George and Matilda Maides, who operated a peanut farm in the area. (Their tombstone can still be seen there.) Burials there date from at least 1904 until at least 1970. Oral history, however, suggests that burials began there as early at the 1800s, while the digging of new graves declined sharply after World War II.
The cemetery is in a wooded area and is not regularly tended. Ownership of the lot was long in question; it is unclear if the cemetery was part of a 1963 bequest that transferred what is now Maides Park to the City of Wilmington.
Date posted: March 10, 2011