Oaks Little Africa Cemetery

The African-American cemetery in Driftwood (Lawrence County), known as Oaks Little Africa Cemetery, is named for the Oaks family who lived nearby. There are an estimated 100 to 200 graves in the cemetery. A few of the early African-American families to arrive in Driftwood after the Civil War were John and Rachel Craven and their children from Powhatan (Lawrence County), the Clay Steadman family, and the Hunt, Raney, McCarroll, Sutton, Oaks, Smith, and Taylor families. Members of these families are known to be buried in the Oaks Little Africa Cemetery. Grave markers for John Hunt, Retha J. Sutton Raney, and Mary Smith Taylor have been identified. Photo taken on November 15, 2015.

Gravestones in heavily forested area

Photo by Sherry D. Chilton