Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lumber City

Annie Comings [Cummings?] – (?-1928)

Cedar Grove is an historic African-American cemetery in Lumber City, across the highway from the white cemetery. It contains a mixture of vernacular and commercial markers. The headstone of Annie Comings is of a style I’ve rarely encountered, which is cruciform but also evokes a human figure or perhaps an angel.

Carrie W. White (18 August 1876-2 March 1941)

This memorial was originally in a “T” shape, which is a rare form, but not the first I’ve seen. Like most I’ve seen, it has broken over time.

Maggie [Surname unknown] – (?-1928)

This cruciform memorial is similar to that of Annie Comings but has broken over time. Sadly, the last name of Maggie has been lost.

Ned Martin (17 August 1849-8 April 1898)

This commercially made marble obelisk is unique in the cemetery. Mr. Martin’s date of birth would indicate that he was likely born into slavery.

Rachel Dailey (10 March 1853-19 December 1903)

The heart-shaped stone is a typical Victorian commercial theme. Ms. Dailey was also likely born enslaved.

Reverend Cornelia Boyd Williams (1904-1951)

Reverend Williams was a female evangelist, somewhat rare in her time.

The cemetery gate identifies those who administered and saw to the upkeep of the property. President, Albert Clements; Secretary, Gracie Quinn; Treasurer, Bessie Lee.

3 thoughts on “Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lumber City

  1. Lea Lancaster

    There are several old or historic cemetery that are not being kept up. The are history which plays a part in our future. So, if the county doesn’t want to keep them up. Which is ashamed. Why not use the prison system . Inmates pick up on the sides of the road. Why not help keep our ancestors final resting place well kept as well.

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  2. Daphne

    I visited awhile ago and there was a grave with plywood over it and also one that had caved in and could see human remains. It was reported to the Telfair County sheriff’s department but nothing has been done that I know of which is sad.

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  3. Denise

    First, I want to say I love old cemeteries! I am from the area and have visited this cemetery before. It is surprising always well kept in comparison to others of same age and final resting home of many slaves. It is not uncommon to even see family members, certainly many generations later paying their respect. I strongly encourage the author and any family to add any known information about any plot there to findagrave.com it is a free app to find graveside around the world and is also used in many genealogy platforms.

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