History Club Hosts 4th Annual Cedar Grove Historical Re-enactments

Posted by lsuggs | 03/5/2013 10:21 AM

(Augusta, Ga) – The Paine College History Club will host its 4th Annual Cedar Grove Historical Re-enactments on Saturday March 9, 2013.  The tours are scheduled for 11:00am, 12:00 noon, and 1:00pm. The tours will take place at the historic African American cemetery located at Cedar Grove in Augusta, Georgia.

“The tours are free and are priceless!  So much about African American history is demonstrated through the tour guides and the re-enactors”, stated Author Holmes, Professor of History and History Club advisor.

In 1820, Augusta allotted 40 acres of land where slaves were laid to rest in wooden boxes or were simply wrapped in cloth and buried in unmarked, shallow graves. The first records of burials at Cedar Grove Cemetery are found on page 100 of Book A, July 1840. It reads, "6 blacks, 2 of whom children". At this time in history, names of the deceased or their masters were not listed.

It was not until June of 1862 that the records began to show the colored report, giving date died, sometimes names, disease, age, sex, wards in which they lived, and the names of their owners.  In June of 1865, the report started listing the deceased of freedman instead of property. In April of 1880, separate books from Magnolia Cemetery burials were started. The record books can be found in a safe at Magnolia Cemetery, containing records of the past up till present day, but no index is available until after 1930.

Notable graves include Mr. James Carter, Sr., Augusta’s first Black dentist; Mr. R. A. Dent, first black from Augusta elected to the Legislature, Mr. Silas Floyd, minister and educator; Mrs. Amanda Dickson Toomer, richest black woman in the U.S. after the death of her father, David Dickson; and many others.

Directions to Cedar Grove Cemetery: Take Laney-Walker Blvd to 2nd Street.  Turn left on 2nd Street continue until you reach Watkins Street. Turn right for Cedar Grove Cemetery located at 120 Watkins Street, Augusta, GA.  Please park on the street.
For more information, interested individuals should contact Professors Author Holmes and Robert Jones in the History Department at 706-821-8371.

For more information about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu, or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821.8322, or (803) 524.3195.

Photo Caption:  Paine College History Department will host tours and historical re-enactments at the Cedar Grove Cemetery where many African American trailblazers are buried.