Cedar Grove Cemetery marks 200 years as last resting place for many African-American families – News – The Augusta …

Cedar Grove Cemetery marked 200 years Wednesday as the final resting place of Augusta’s early black leaders as well as thousands of slaves buried in unmarked graves.

The cemetery makes up for some of the missing histories of Augusta’s African-American families, said Joyce Law, a member of the cemetery citizen perpetual care committee and historian for the Lucy C. Laney Museum of Black History.

“Because there is no definitive book on African-American history, Cedar Grove becomes the bastion of our cultural heritage. This is where the stories are; you can find out names and dates and family members,” Law said.

The cemetery on Watkins Street opened on two acres in 1818 as the city-owned burial place for slaves at the same time adjacent Magnolia Cemetery opened for white residents….

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