Former Slave's Grave Marker to be Dedicated Sat.
By Marshall County Government
BENTON, KY - A grave marker dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 23 at 1 pm at the Olive Methodist Church Cemetery located on KY 962 in Marshall County to honor Parenthia “Pone” Harrison, a former slave.
Parenthia “Pone” Harrison was born a slave around 1847 to the family of Augustus Harrison of the Olive community in southern Marshall County. Pone was freed from slavery following the Civil War and she continued to live with the Harrison family where she worked as a cook and caretaker of the Harrison children.
When Pone died in 1912, the Harrison family buried her in the family plot in the Olive Methodist Church Cemetery despite segregation laws which prevented blacks from being buried in the same cemetery as whites. On the night of her death, Pone’s body was taken to the cemetery in the back of a horse-drawn wagon and she was secretly buried after sunset at the foot of Augustus Harrison’s grave. Since that time only a river rock has marked her final resting place.
On February 23 at 1 pm, descendants of Augustus Harrison and members of the Olive community will dedicate a proper headstone donated in part by Mitchell Lee, owner of Keepsake Monuments in Benton.