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New Evergreen Cemetery

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The New Evergreen Cemetery is located on a 47-acre plot of land located on New Walkertown Road.


It was opened in 1944 to take the place of the former Evergreen Cemetery, a graveyard on private property owned by James Foy, a prominent African American farmer. The original graveyard backed up to Smith Reynolds Airport and had to be moved in the early 1940s because the airport needed to expand its runways in order to ship goods during WWII.

The Work Progress Administration helped move 700 graves from the old Evergreen Cemetery to the New Evergreen Cemetery on what is now New Walkertown Road. The Winston-Salem Foundation helped pay for the move, spending about $15,000 to buy the land, grade and surface the roads and pay for the actual relocation of the remains.

City Ownership

The City Council agreed to take over the cemetery in 1944. The cemetery was expanded in the late 1960s to 32.5 acres. In 1998, the cemetery was again expanded to 48 acres, increasing the cemetery’s capacity for future interments.

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