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Milledgeville in Baldwin County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Cedar Lane Cemetery

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 8, 2010
1. Cedar Lane Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In 1997 a cemetery restoration began here that triggered a movement to memorialize patients buried at state psychiatric hospitals nationwide. After discovering nearby neglected cemeteries interred some 25,000 people, members of the Georgia Consumer Council pledged to restore the burial grounds and build a memorial. A grassroots campaign raised funds to erect the adjacent gate and display 2,000 numbered iron markers displaced from graves over the years. A life-size bronze angel was placed 175 yards south of here to serve as a perpetual guardian.
 
Erected by Georgia Consumer Council.
 
Location. 33° 2.434′ N, 83° 13.25′ W. Marker is in Milledgeville, Georgia, in Baldwin County. Marker is at the intersection of Lawrence Road and Central Shop Road, on the right when traveling south on Lawrence Road. Click for map. Cedar Lane Cemetery is south of Central State Hospital. Lawrence Road runs through a maintenance area for the complex, and past two state prisons. Central Shop Road and Cedar Lane Cemetery are just prior to third state prison. Central Shop Road is gated and closed at 6PM. Marker is in this post office area: Milledgeville GA 31062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured
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By David Seibert, November 8, 2010
2. Cedar Lane Cemetery Marker
as the crow flies. Fort Wilkinson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Fort Wilkinson (approx. 0.7 miles away); Milledgeville State Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away); Route of Gen. Kilpatrick’s Cavalry (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Oglethorpe University (approx. 1.8 miles away); John Clark House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Carl Vinson • Mary Green Vinson (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Methodist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milledgeville.
 
Regarding Cedar Lane Cemetery. In 2005, the National Parks Service placed Cedar Lane Cemetery and other Central State Hospital cemeteries on the National Register of Historic Places. Georgia is considered a pioneer in cemetery restoration and has spearheaded similar restoration projects across the country.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Cedar Lane Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 8, 2010
3. Cedar Lane Cemetery Marker
The marker and the entrance to the cemetery
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By David Seibert, November 8, 2010
4. Cedar Lane Cemetery
The 2000 numbered iron grave markers recovered from the cemeteries, where many were simply thrown in piles. They are reinstalled as a moving memorial to those whose remains they once identified.
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By David Seibert, November 8, 2010
5. Cedar Lane Cemetery
Another view of the 2000 numbered iron grave markers and a bench installed for a visitor to sit and contemplate the scene. One of the prisons adjoining the cemetery is visible in the distance.
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By David Seibert, November 8, 2010
6. Cedar Lane Cemetery
One of the few stone grave markers, now broken, in the cemetery, although so many are buried here. Another prison stands in the background.
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By David Seibert, November 8, 2010
7. Cedar Lane Cemetery
The life-sized bronze angel was installed to serve as a perpetual guardian for those buried here. The names of 25,000 people believed buried here were written on a CD, which was placed in the concrete base of the angel.
 
 
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