Long Prairie Cemetery
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LONG PRAIRIE Cemetery

In 1870 Lawrence S. Taylor sold five acres of land for school and church purposes to Nelson Owen, J.T. Selman and W.B. Gage.  Trustees of the Long Prairie School District.  The Long Prairie School and the Long Prairie Methodist Church shared the site, which the community also used as a cemetery.  The School district consolidated into the Kerens Independent School District in 1949.  Around that same time, the church merged into the Kerens Methodist Church, and the school district and the church sold their respective land at this site to the Long Prairie Cemetery Association.

The First Burial at the graveyard, which is also known as Alligator Cemetery, is that of Sallie K. Burt, a child who died in 1872.  Many graves are marked with fraternal organization symbols, and several belong to veterans wh fought in conflicts dating back to the Civil War.  The names of these long Prairie residents and their families, friends and neighbors sever as reminders of the community's history from settlement through hardships and successes.

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