Grave of John A Bell in the “New” Cemetery at Old Cahawba

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Shown are pictures of the grave of John A Bell that’s located in the “New” Cemetery at the Old Cahawba Park in Dallas County. On May 23rd, 1856, there was a shootout on the main street in Cahawba, with J. R. Bell and his two sons against Will E. Bird, Mathew Troy and Thomas Hunter (members of an extended family). Most of the town watched while huddled behind shutters. J. R. Bell and his son, John A. Bell were killed during the shootout. The survivors were exonerated in a court of law but, not in the eyes of the Bell family judging from the inscription on the grave of John A. Bell. The inscription reads: “No murder hath eternal life abiding in him”.

The Old Cahawba Park is located on the Alabama River at the forks of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers approximately 14 miles southwest of Selma. GPS coordinates for the Old Cahawba Park’s Welcome Center are 32.319214, -87.104141.

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Source: Self-Guided Walking Tour of Cahaba’s “New” Cemetery (available at the Old Cahawba Park Welcome Center).