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LSU Alexandria Day at Historic Compton Cemetery

Released: 03/08/2006

Richard Johnson, Jr. of the Compton Cemetery Foundation has invited LSU Alexandria students, faculty and staff to visit the historical Compton Cemetery on Saturday, March 11 at 9 a.m. for LSU Alexandria Day at the Compton Cemetery.

The Compton Cemetery, located on five acres in the beautiful piney woods south and west of Lecompte, represents the last remains of HomePlace Plantation. This plantation belonged to John Compton (1779-1855) and totaled in excess of 10,000 acres at one time. The cemetery is owned and preserved by Compton Cemetery Foundation and other family members. Richard Johnson, Jr. leads this restoration and preservation group and has invited the LSUA Family to visit the site.

This cemetery is only open to the public once or twice a year. Richard Johnson, Jr. will be available on this day to provide historical information about the cemetery and the family members interred there. Mr. Johnson has compiled several books on the family members and the cemetery. He has an extensive collection of research on the HomePlace Plantation and its people. LSUA and the Bolton Library are very interested in the possibility of this collection being housed in our archives one day.

LSU Alexandria students, faculty and staff interested in attending should contact Dr. Robert Cavanaugh at 473-6444.