James Pulley

In the cemetery where Aiden is buried is the grave of James Pulley, "A black man who died of typhoid while passing through Benton County in the 1920's". He was 27 years old.

The story I've been told is that James Pulley was passing through and was injured in an accident, which weakened him so that he did not survive the typhoid. It would have been unusual at the time for any black person, let alone a person passing through with no family in the area, would be buried in the community cemetery. When he was buried, a simple wooden grave marker was erected. For years after, that wooden marker was regular repainted and maintained by someone who remained anonymous. eventually, the wooden marker was replaced with this stone one.

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