The Alexander Chapel Baptist Church and Cemetery, located at #39 Short Sluder Branch Road (off of Alexander Rd in Leicester, NC) is a historic site with cultural and personal connections for many in the region. Family members of those who are buried here may remember the homecoming gatherings and happy events once held on the property — or think of visiting the church site and cemetery as “going home.” Family names of those buried in the cemetery include: Barnard, Penland, Gudger, Lowery, Roberts, Horne, McElrath, McAfee, Whitson, Love, Stevens, Ferguson, Butler, and more.
Since 2015, Annette Penland Coleman has been coordinating upkeep and inspiring folks to get involved with preservation of the church and cemetery. “The cemetery preservation is coming along,” she says. “We’ve had more donations coming in over the past year to pay for cutting the grass and maintaining the drive. We partnered with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and their help has been such a blessing.”
Thanks to generous descendants of family and community, in 2021 a new sign for the historic church was installed on the site.
However, this important “home” needs more hands and support to give it the care it requires. Can you help?
For questions or more info, contact Annette Coleman at (828) 230-0629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.