Malinda Rhoton
Devoted member of
Magic Circle No. eighty one
Died 27 June 1914

To date we have uncovered the next historical data.

According to the 1880 US Federal Census Malinda Rhoton was born about 1871. The 1870 U.S. Federal Census signifies the Father of Malinda Rhoton to be William Rhoton who was born in Virginia in 1848 and died sometime right before 1880. Her Mom, Catherine “Kate” Wagner was born about 1849 in Tennessee. Malinda was not an only little one she experienced a brother, Marion and two sisters Mary and Anna who also lived in Tullahoma, Coffee County, Tennessee.

In the yr 1914 Malinda Rhoton died and was buried, at that time the cemetery was referred to as “the Tullahoma Coloured Cemetery” in Coffee Co., Tennessee. This historic cemetery is also acknowledged as the Citizens Cemetery, Pearson Cemetery, Camp Peay Cemetery and Camp Forrest Cemetery. The existing sign at the entrance of the cemetery identifies it as “The Citizens Cemetery”. Malinda’s grave marker depicts a curious symbol on the top depicting a lion and letters RCF. Immediately after investigation we identified that the ‘RCF’ was the abbreviation for The Royal Circle of Friends. The Royal Circle of Friends equipped a exclusive headstone for its members which featured a lion sitting atop a triangle with the letters RCF in the details of the triangle.

The Royal Circle of Friends (RFC) also acknowledged as The Supreme Royal Circle of Friends of the World was an African-American fraternal firm founded in 1909 in Arkansas. The firm equipped insurance coverage and also available a monument advantage rider that offered for the obtain of grave markers to the African-American population but was also committed to the ethical, actual physical, social, and financial welfare of the members of its circles (local teams have been known as circles). In RCF the two gentlemen and women of all ages have been equal members. From inception, the RCF grew quickly throughout the South and soon unfold throughout the place. The founding Supreme President of the Supreme Royal Circle of Friends of the World was Dr. Richard A. Williams who held that position until finally 1944. At the age of nineteen, Richard A. Williams enrolled in Meharry Medical Higher education in Nashville, Tennessee, following that Dr. Williams practiced medication in Knoxville, Tennessee and afterwards moved to Arkansas.

The Citizen’s Cemetery recognized in the 1870’s was initially land which belonged to Mary Bobo. Tullahoma citizens, Henry Person, Joe Landers, Aron Hale, John Clendenon and Will Martin agreed to obtain the house from Mrs. Bobo as an cemetery for African American’s. Tragically, in 1901 these people have been unable to spend the stability thanks and requested the Town for help. The Town agreed to aid less than the ailment that the land be deeded to the metropolis and in accordance to world wide web sources it would be committed as a burial position for the African American Neighborhood. From investigation it was also identified that this burial ground was not only utilized as an African American Cemetery but about time has also been utilized as the Camp Peay Cemetery, the Camp Forrest Cemetery and for the burial of refugees from the 1937 Ohio and Mississippi Rivers floods. Regrettably quite a few of the graves in this cemetery have been taken out, desecrated and/or badly vandalized about the years like the grave of Malinda Rhoton.

Extra Details: Image of the “Supreme Royal Circle of Friends of the World”

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