Prior to 1891, Norman had another cemetery. Current day the land that was originally used as a cemetery was across town and was located at the intersection of Main St and Berry across from Norman High School
A quick search of "Normans first cemetery" you will find a few reports from interviews conducted long ago. These interviews state that this spot was indeed a cemetery and that upwards of 24 + burials had taken place here. Most of these burials were without headstone or marker. That the cemetery was a "paupers cemetery".
Between the years of 1890-1893 most of the marked burials were moved to the Norman Ioof. This was happening because the land was never deeded to anyone until Norman IOOF was deeded as a cemetery. The government gave the order to have burials relocated. However, not all burials were marked and /or families did not come forward to have their loved ones moved during those years. Some accounts report that in the 1920s headstones could still be seen on the land.
Today, the streets are paved, and buildings constructed, just passing by one would never know that a cemetery once was there. The City of Norman has placed a plaque acknowledging the cemetery as its Original
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