With the completion of Fontana Dam, a number of families were removed in 1943 from the part of the lake that came to be known as the North Shore. Part of their folk tradition was Decoration Day, or cleaning and decorating graves of family or soldiers. The people were promised an access road to the twenty-seven cemeteries after the war, and several sections were built. In the 1960s construction ceased. Jabbour recounts the work of Helen Cable Vance, her sister Mildred Cable Johnson, and the North Shore Historical Association in leading the movement to make access to the graves a reality.