Photography ~ Notable Blacks Interred at Brookside Cemetery ~ Dr. Paul N. Melchor, 08/09

This taken from a February 7, 1999, interview of Dr. Melchor’s granddaughter, Mrs. Beulah M. Quick  by Charles Broadwell, editor, Fayetteville Observer.

IMG_1593.CR2Beulah M. Quick has spent time researching the black professionals who lived in Fayetteville in the first 40 years of this century. She wants for them to be remembered, and she has all the details jotted down on yellow legal pads, perhaps to be published someday.

Some of those family names are McNeill, Thaggard, Williston, Perry, Henderson. She can talk about what they did, where they lived and how long some of them had been in Fayetteville.

As for her own family, the Melchors, that’’s another matter. She knows that her grandfather and grandmother were married in 1891 in Louisburg. Her grandfather, Dr. Paul N. Melchor, was educated at Shaw University. He set up his medical practice in Fayetteville, with an office on Bow Street, and became one of the town’s most influential black residents.

‘‘I have done everything but check on my granddaddy, because that name (pronounced MEL-ker) is not just your ordinary name. But I have no idea where he came from, before he came to Fayetteville.’’

Photography ~ Notable Blacks Interred at Brookside Cemetery ~ Bishop J.W. Hood, 08/09

Bishop J.W. [James Walker] Hood is interred in Brookside Cemetery, adjacent to Cross Creek Cemetery #2, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

In North Carolina Hood found his major area of service. In early 1864, against the opposition of white Northern Methodists, he persuaded the black Southern Methodist congregations in New Bern and Beaufort to affiliate with the A.M.E. Zion church. When the Northern Methodists contested his conversion of these congregations to Zion, Hood was forced to appeal to the secretary of war for a ruling that permitted the blacks to align with whichever church they desired. In late 1864 he helped to found the North Carolina Conference, and over the years he aided in the establishment of numerous churches within its bounds. Hood was a pastor for three years in New Bern, two years in Fayetteville, and over three years in Charlotte. After becoming a bishop in 1872, he resided in Fayetteville until his death.

Brookside Cemetery notes and/or description:

Although many people believe it to be part of Cross Creek Cemetery, it isn’t. A process is in the works to have it listed on the historical records for Fayetteville, NC.

Photography ~ Notable Blacks Interred at Brookside Cemetery ~ Dr. E.E. Smith, 08/09

Dr. E.E. Smith was a noted educator and the man for whom my high school is named.

Brookside, an area of Cross Creek Cemetery dedicated to burials for African-American post-Civil War, contains the graves of many notable families of the Fayetteville area. This cemetery was designated by the City Council as a local landmark in September 2003. Some of those notable families and individuals include E.E. Smith, members of the Chesnutt family, Dr. Paul Melchor, Robert Harris, the first principal of the Howard School and Bishop Hood. The grounds consist of free blacks buried after the Civil War and others born during the days of slavery.