Another important aspect of Chinese cultural identity was in burial practices. Unable to bury their dead in white cemeteries, the Chinese were initially interred in black cemeteries. In time, however, due to cultural and religious differences, the Chinese in the Mississippi Delta established their own cemetery. In 1913, Wong Yen and Joe King purchased a one-acre tract from the owner of the Wells Funeral Home in Greenville as a Chinese burial ground. This cemetery was the main Chinese cemetery for much of the Mississippi Delta until 1931, at which time a larger cemetery lot was purchased in another location. While some bodies were moved to the new cemetery, there are still a number of grave markers in the old cemetery, which is well-maintained by the Chinese Cemetery Association of Greenville. Still written in Chinese characters on the gate post of the cemetery are instructions on where to locate the gate key (it was hidden behind a loose brick). The key, however, is no longer there.
This is one of the designs on the gates
of the original Chinese cemetery.
(1) Grocery: http://mississippideltachinese.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=11134069
(2) School picture: http://mississippideltachinese.webs.com/schooling.htm
(3) Cemetery: http://thecemeterydetective.com/chinese-cemetery-live-oak-cemetery-greenville-mississippi/chinese_cemetery/