The Historic Eastport Cemetery is the burial site for many Black families, with some plots dating back to before the Civil War.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Driving down Fuller Avenue in East Knoxville, it’s hard to notice what’s hidden in the trees — gravestones.
Knoxville’s most influential members of the Black community lie underneath trees and debris, according to George Kemp. He said he has family buried in the area.
“The early African Americans who contributed to Knoxville, but East Knoxville in particular, are buried in this cemetery,” said Kemp.
It is Eastport cemetery, and it dates all the way back to the 1840s with Black…