STRONG-DOUGLAS CEMETERY - (Monroe Rd & Pulaski Pike
NE corner) MADISON COUNTY ALABAMA
Mapping the Location
I recently visited this mapped place in attempting to find this cemetery
and was disappointed to find nothing but a large open field with no sign of a
cemetery. It appears not to be here anymore or possibly it was miss-mapped. It
probably has been destroyed by the current owner who recently added giant
irrigation equipment, because Google Maps show a recent massive land moving
operation here. He evidently bulldozed the cemetery to clear the area for the
equipment. The mapping I have shown under "Mapping the Location" shows no conclusion as to the location of the
cemetery, but shows it in two places out in the giant field as shown in these
two maps and next to the Pulaski Pike. I saw no evidence it was in either
location. However, I did not get a good look, because of the idiot below.
When I went into the area to inquire for permission to seek the whereabouts of the cemetery a man bearing a large rifle confronted me and said to leave immediately, in spite of the fact that there is a law in Alabama allowing folks to visit a cemetery. Naturally this is about science and family history and not confrontations using firearms so I left. I will measure my efforts to see if I want to pursue any recourse on this matter given that all we want is to find the cemetery and photograph the stones. We can do that without leaving a footprint - that is not harming anyone's private property or crops. After all this cemetery deserves to survive for posterity.
Being the pleasant gentleman I am I just wanted out of there with no confrontaton involving this individual or the authorities because that waste my valuable time and theirs too, but I should warn others to not go on this property attempting to get permission to visit this cemetery as you could be hurt by an irate eccentric individual. Go there only with the authorities if you go.