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Mount Holly Cemetery

Cemeteries of Arkansas: Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock is often called “the Westminster Abbey of Arkansas,” a name that seems justified by the great number of individuals of significance in the fields of art, literature, religion and politics who are buried there. Eleven Arkansas governors, 13 state Supreme Court Justices, four United States senators, four Confederate generals and 21 Little Rock mayors are interred there.

Mount Holly Cemetery dates from February 23, 1843, when ground was deeded by two leading citizens, Chester Ashley and Roswell Beebe, to the city of Little Rock. The cemetery is located on a four-square-block site between 11th and 13th streets and from Broadway to Gaines Street. The cemetery remains its original twenty-acre size. Before the establishment of Mount Holly, burials were made in private family cemeteries and a public burial ground on what would first become the Peabody School site and later the location of the present-day Federal Building at Capitol Avenue and Gaines Street. A number of grave markers with dates predating the formation of Mount Holly represent reinterments from the Capitol Avenue site. Mount Holly was one of the earliest cemeteries to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places (March 5, 1970), and in 1993, its sesquicentennial anniversary was highlighted by the publication of Jubilee, an illustrated cemetery history, and a burial index with every name listed. Want to know more? Visit Mount Holly online or read the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. [Pictured: Mount Holly, taken by Flickr photographer ‘meister o’; see more of his work here.]