First Christian Church Cemetery

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Location: 300 West Cornwall Road
Built: 1896
Designated in 2013

The First Christian Church Cemetery is significant because of its association with the establishment of Cary’s first African-American religious congregation. Some of Cary’s most prominent citizens, from its earliest beginnings to present day, are buried here.

One of the most significant persons to be interred at First Christian Cemetery is Alfred Arrington. Following the Civil War, Arrington came to Cary and became a successful businessman and leader who guided the church and its congregation through its early years. His son, Arch, also buried in the cemetery, followed in his father's footsteps and became an enterprising businessman and town leader in his own right. Other African American families who made significant contributions to the community are buried at the cemetery as well, including those who served in World War I and World War II. 

The cemetery is situated on the site where the church held its initial meeting in 1868. It is the only remaining resource associated with the congregation at this location. Members of all denominations have been continuously buried here since the first known interment in 1896; there are approximately 254 marked interments.

First Christian Church Cemetery

Updated on 08/10/2018 9:48 PM