Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
City of Pulaski, Tennessee
The eastern section of the “New Pulaski Cemetery” was designated as “Potter’s Field”, and indigents and unknowns were given a dignified internment there.
The City Board controlled this property until 1856 when an Act of the Tennessee General Assembly was passed and a charter for a corporation granted. A Board of Trustees was appointed by the City Board to manage the affairs of the cemetery. Oversight continued with Trustees for 139 years until in 1995 the ownership of the cemetery was transferred back to the City of Pulaski.
In 1880 it was suggested that a more attractive name should be given to this “Silent City,” The Board of Trustees appointed a committee and suggestions for a new name were made through the columns of the Pulaski Citizen. The name, Maplewood, was suggested
More land has been added over the years, the first of which was six acres on the south side, added in 1878, including a specific area for burial of “Negro citizens.”
Times of turmoil are represented by the graves of those who fought in the Civil War, two World Wars, Korea and Vietnam.
This place reflects the history of Pulaski and Giles County as the rich and poor, prominent and unknown, rest in graves marked by unique and beautiful statuary or simple ground stones.
Erected by Pulaski Heritage Trail.
Location. 35° 11.574′ N, 87° 1.742′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker is on South Rhodes Street near East Cemetery Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located just inside the cemetery entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Pulaski TN 38478, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas McKissack Jones (within shouting distance of this marker); General John Calvin Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); General John Adams, CSA (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Everett Eslick (1872-1932) (about 600 feet away); John Adams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trail of Tears (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Benge Route (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pulaski.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
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