Excerpted from a document obtained from the City of Little Rock, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request dated 12 May 2014:

Facts documented about the Potter's Field located in Oakland Cemetery, that being a part of Oakland & Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park.

The cemetery was established in 1863, but the first recorded burial is 1867. The burial records form 1867-1890 are missing, although there is a typescript, which lists names, most of which have no location. The Potters Field was recorded by various Sextons as Pauper Grounds, Stranger's Hollow, and Public Ground.

The original lot sale book, which is incorrectly labeled as 1887-1926, gives the following lot description.

Division G Paupers Grounds W&C.

West Ave - Lots 1-28

South Magnolia Ave - Lots 28-94

So. Camellia Ave - Lots 89-151

Heliotrope Ave - Lots 152-218

Center St. - Lots 219-252

Division G contains 1.87 acres

Division G was at some point covered on the 1917 map of Oakland Cemetery, but uncovered when the map was framed. Division G is not on the 2006 map of Oakland.

The Mausoleum, containing 286 burials was built in 1917 and sets within the eastern boundary of Potter's Field.

In 2000 Center Addition located on the South side of the Mausoleum from Magnolia Ave to Center St. was divided into 218 speaces, all have been sold and at this time the addition contains 73 burials.

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Here is the link to digitized burial and cemetery lot deeds, hosted on FamilySearch.
Here are some of the people time may have forgotten. Name, date of burial, description of the location of the burial and other details are as noted in the record. Note: PG = Public Ground, B = Burial.

Old sextons' records 1867-1899
Abner, Ned 9 Feb 1886 Public Ground
Ackin, Daisy 22 Jul 1878 col
Ackles, Elberta 24 Sep 1887 PG
Acree, Jane B 20 Jan 1885 PG, city
Adams, Ann 22 Jan 1881 Grave 9 city
Adams, Fannie 25 Aug 1879 Lot 238 - City B170
Adkinson, Allis 1 Nov 1882 PG, county
Adkinson, Mary 12 Feb 1885 City
African Billy 28 May 1878
Akins, ALice 9 Sep 1878 (age 28) Lot 34 colored
Albert, Louisa B 29 Dec 1882 PG, city
Albert Thos' Infant 11 Aug 1887 PG
Alexander, Anthony 9 May 1883 PG, city
Alexander Q B 26 Aug 1878 (colored)
Allen, Mattie 2 Apr 1882 PG, city
Allen, Peter 11 Jul 1880 PG, Grave 81
Anahar, Jos. C. 19 Aug 1881 PG, city
Anders, Willia 18 Nov 1884 PG, city
Anderson, Theorden (?) 27 Aug 1879 PG, city B.1
Anderson, Isaac 1 Dec 1884 PG, city
Andrew Child 20 Sep 1881 PG, city
Andrews, Rachel, 26 Apr 1879 (age 21) PG, B.8
Andy (Big Andy) 3 Jan 1873 (Prob. col.) Sec. 6 Row 4 Grave 6
Anniel, Nathan 5 Jul 1887 PG
Applewaite, Isaac 23 May 1887 PG, county
Architte, Infant 2 Sep 1884 PG, city
Armistead, Jane Scott 13 Feb 1882 (col) city
Armstead, Louisa 6 Jan 1879 B.8 (colored)
Armstead, Samuel 11 Jul 1879 B.90 PG, city
Arnuld, Chester Aug __ 1888 PG, Lot 23 Grave 117, city (NOTE: I think this surname may be Arnold instead)
Assini, L. 4 Nov 1881 PG, city
Atkins, Henry's Infant 8 Mar 1881 City
Atkins, Henry's Infant 10 Mar 1881 City
Austin, S. 27 Mar 1876 B-75 (colored)
Bafine, Louis 12 Sep 1881 PG, city
Bailey, Monroe 3 Arp 1884 PG, city
Baker, Infant of Mrs. 27 Dec 1880, PG, city
Baker, Sammon 2 Dec 1880 PG, city
Baley, Ura 4 Dec 1884 PG, city
Bander, Joseph A 28 Jun 1882 PG, city
Banker, John 26 Mar 1883 PG, city
Bane, James 15 Oct 1883 City
Banks, Fannie 8 May 1880 Lot 8, Grave 39, City
Banks, Hannah 2 Feb 1876 (col.) No. 29 Burial
Banks, Hannah 13 Jan 1879 B.46 PG, city
Banks, Infant 20 Jan 1880 B.15 PG, city
Banks, James 12 May 1880 Lot 8, Grave 43, City
Banks, Jno. 14 Jun 1887 PG
Banning, Ed. William 18 Jun 1880 PG
Barbee, Caroline 9 Jul 1887 City, Lot 194 single grave (NOTE: This was the wife of Rufus Barbee. According to the 1880 census, Caroline was born about 1853 in Mississippi.)
Barber, Matilda 2 Feb 1880 B-33, PG, city
Barnett, Billy 26 Apr 1880 Lot 4, Grave 19, city
Barnett, Sarah 6 Aug 1878 (col.) B-3
Barnes, J.L. 5 Oct 1877 City (next to Susan)
Barnes, Susan W. (60) years 2 Oct 1877 Lot 125 (consumption) (NOTE: The 1870 census says she was born about 1816 in Kentucky.)
Bass, Walter 16 Apr 1882 PG, city
Bearda, Hantleroy? 16 Feb 1880 PG, City B-49
Bell, Geo. 2 Mar 1880 PG, city
Bell, Henry 5 May 1881 PG, city
Bell, Joe 27 Dec 1884 PG, city
Belton, Lula 26 Sep 1882 PG, city
Bellus, David 11 Jul 1879 PG B-89
Bellus, Lilly 22 Jun 1879 PG B-58
Bennett, Lizzie 24 May 1880 Lot 10, Grave 52, city
Bennette, Henry 31 Aug 1881 PG, city
Benningham, Thos. 18 Oct 1873 county
Bennssi, Faney 28 Mar 1881 Grave 41, PG, city
Benny, John 1 Mar 1885 city
Benson, Alx. 4 Mar 1878 city
Benson, Rheuben 17 Feb 1883 PG, city
Berger, Louis Oscar 5 Sep 1887 PG
Berger, Jacob 9 Jul 1884 PG, city
Bernard, Lewis 25 Sep 1882 PG, city
Berth, Pemetin 20 Dec 1880 PG
Beunn, Infant 30 Dec 1880 PG, city
Bikles, Julia (8 Mos.) 16 Feb 1871 PG, B-21
Bingham, L. 16 Feb 1886 PG
Bind, J.B. 16 Oct 1882 PG, city
Biniby, Jno. 14 Jul 1887 PG
Black, Charley 6 Nov 1882 PG, city
Black, John 20 Oct 1873 county
Black, Wm. Hose 5 Dec 1881 PG, city
Blackbon, Julie 17 Aug 1880 City - PG Lot 20, Grave 103
Blackwell, Vick's child 30 Jun 1880 PG B-27 (NOTE: In the 1880 census, Vick Blackwell was a 20 year old single, white female employed as a cook in the home of J.J. Wiggs, a druggist. The form says she was born in Alabama.)
Blay, Henry 4 Dec 1883 PG, city
Bloome, Becky 13 Oct 1879 PG E-238
I'm going to keep transcribing until I can't any more. There are thirteen sextons' books, but I have not reviewed all of them to see how long poor people were buried at public expense in Oakland Cemetery.

Everyone deserves to be remembered.
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