Somerset City Cemetary

Somerset Community College

A discovery during a sunrise service in the Somerset City Cemetery has led to the creation of a memorial for slaves buried in unmarked graves. 

Charles Leveridge is president of the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial Association. He said a section of the city cemetery that was thought to be unused is actually an unmarked burial site for area slaves. He said the original plan was to place a marker in that one cemetery, but the group is now focused on a bigger mission.

“The more we researched the issue, the more we found that there were numerous cemeteries throughout Pulaski County, and surrounding counties around Lake Cumberland, that have slaves interred that have no markers,” said Leveridge.

The group now has a design for a memorial sculpture designed by an Atlanta artist that will be located at Somerset Community College. The artist will be a guest at a unity breakfast at the college on Jan. 13, in advance of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 16. 

A duffel bag found in a Somerset cemetary is raising concerns about possible illegal meth production. Somerset Police Sgt. Mike Correll says someone left the satchel at the Somerset City Cemetary over the weekend. Authorities found multiple components needed to make methamphetamine in the bag. Correll called the discovery a chilling sign of what could be the new place to hide active meth labs.