Friendship Cemetery

Lawrence Dunn

Shown above is the grave of Lawrence “Gene” Dunn (1895-1940), who’s grave has the following inscription: Ark Wagr 524th Eng Ser Bn, WWI. He was the son of former slaves, Lawrence and Rachel Dunn, who are also buried at the cemetery

Recognizing the historic importance of Friendship Cemetery, the State of Arkansas has recently awarded a $1000 grant to begin early work toward restoration and upkeep of the cemetery, including construction of a road to provide easier access to the site. The committee that pursued the grant is made up of Pat Johnson, Jean Oaks, Co. Judge David Jansen, and Cindy Robinett¹,

Established right after the Civil War, the Friendship Cemetery is the largest African American Cemetery in Randolph County and covers five acres. Several former slaves are buried in the cemetery, as are World War I and World War II veterans and many well-remembered citizens of Randolph County.

We hope to use this page for folks to inquire about ancestors connected with Friendship Cemetery. In addition, we offer this page for those who have information and/or photos to share, related to Friendship Cemetery and those buried there. Please send inquiries, information, and photos to us and we’ll post them here on the Friendship Cemetery page.

The Friendship Cemetery Work day was held June 21st.