‘Rest’ placed on list|Cemetery placed on state historic registry

Published 12:03 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2009

By By Lydia Grimes
features reporter

Pilgrims Rest Cemetery on Alco Drive was the site of a special celebration Tuesday after the cemetery was named to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.
The dedication marker unveiled during the cermeony is the second such marker to be placed in the county over the last few months. Union Cemetery, also in the Alco community, was named to the state late laste year.
These recognitions are given to cemeteries that are over 40 years old. In the case of Pilgrims Rest, a member of the Escambia County Historical Society, Mary Catherine Luker was responsible for gathering and submitting the information needed.
The Rev. Steve Yuhasz served as the main speaker for the event.  During his address, he related facts and stories of cemeteries in other places.
Among others speaking at the dedication was Brewton mayor Ted Jennings.
Frank Scott, a retired Methodist minister, was also a speaker at the event. Members of his family are buried at Pilgrims Rest and he was able to give a history of the upkeep on the cemetery.
Lee Ann Wofford, cemetery program coordinator with the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register, was also on hand for the dedication. She congratulated the people of the Brewton area for their interest and decision to get the cemetery registered.
Attending the dedication were members of the Scott family and the Harold family whose relatives have been buried at the cemetery in recent years.
Robin Brewton, a descendant of the Brewton family who settled this area,  came  from Florida in honor of the occasion.
Charles and Susan Crawford pointed out the graves of his ancestors who have been buried in the now-historic cemetery..
Following the dedication and unveiling ceremony at the cemetery, guests were invited to the Thomas McMillan Museum for a celebration reception hosted by members of the Escambia County Historical Society.

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