Segregated Burial Grounds

Segregated Burial Grounds (HMNE2)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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N 33° 35.78', W 83° 28.375'

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Historic burial traditions parallel both the societal structure and economic status of the period. Old Cemetery reveals racially distinct sections reflected in the notable absence of family plots and headstones on the hill's slope, where a memorial honors the final resting place of the town's early black residents. Later cemetery development followed the traditional family plot design for both races but still segregated burial grounds. The plans for New Cemetery provided an area "north of Division Avenue for colored people" and the plans for Fairview Cemetery provided a portion "laid off for (the) negro cemetery." A memorial marks the unidentified burials in New Cemetery where copings and headstones are relatively sparse except for the early leaders of the black community. Individual headstones are more prevalent throughout Fairview Cemetery. The Civil Rights era led to the creation of private "whites only" cemeteries such is Morgan Memorial Park, Inc. This cemetery was later acquired by the City who removed the race restrictive covenants and changed the name to Madison Memorial Cemetery.
HM NumberHMNE2
Year Placed2010
Placed ByCity of Madison, Madison Bicentennial Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 5:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 270529 N 3720140
Decimal Degrees33.59633333, -83.47291667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.78', W 83° 28.375'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 46.80" N, 83° 28' 22.50" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 536 W Central Ave, Madison GA 30650, US
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