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LaGrange in Troup County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Mulberry Street Cemeteries

LaGrange, Georgia

 
 
Mulberry Street Cemeteries Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
1. Mulberry Street Cemeteries Marker
The lower portion shows the grave locations found during the radar ground mapping.
Inscription.  The Mulberry Street cemetery complex served the people of LaGrange and the South between 1863 and at least the 1930s. The oldest section is the Stonewall Jackson Confederate Cemetery where soldiers from all thirteen Southern states are buried. The Confederate Army set up hospitals in LaGrange to treat soldiers. Men injured in various Civil War battles around Atlanta arrived in LaGrange via the Atlanta & West Point Railroad around 1863 and 1864. The wrought iron fence surrounding the cemetery originally stood around the courthouse on the square in downtown LaGrange from the 1800s until 1902. The fence was moved to this cemetery before the new courthouse opened in 1904. (That structure burned in November 1936.)

Eight unmarked graves to the west of the Confederate Cemetery fence are believed to have been orderlies who worked in the hospitals. They may have been slaves. There are also a few graves with tombstones in the area. Approximately 425 graves are found to the west and south of the Confederate Cemetery. The names and death dates of these people have been lost to history. They are believed to have been blacks who died between 1865
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and the early 1900s. Some are buried in vaults, while others appear to have been paupers buried in cloth wrapping.

The locations of the graves were identified in 2015 as part of a City of Lagrange and Troup County Historical society project. Underground radar was used to locate the unmarked graves. These graves may have originally been marked with simple wooden crosses or field stones. In 2016, permanent metal discs were installed to mark each gravesite. The City Council of LaGrange officially named this area the Mulberry Street Cemeteries on April 12 2016.

Horace King, the famed 19th century bridge builder and legislator, is the most notable person buried at these cemeteries. He and his son Marshal are buried here. Horace died in 1885 and his son Marshal died in 1879. Other King family members are believed to be buried near them.

The Mulberry Street Cemetery complex is a unique locale as it consists of Confederate era graves along with the gravesites of blacks that died in the latter part of the 19th century.
(This project was made possible through partnership with the Office of Tourism Product Development, Georgia Department of Economic Development.)
 
Erected 2015 by the Office of Tourism Product Development, Georgia Department of Economic Development.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these
Marker with the Confederate Cemetery to the left. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
2. Marker with the Confederate Cemetery to the left.
topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is April 12, 2016.
 
Location. 33° 1.762′ N, 85° 1.971′ W. Marker is in LaGrange, Georgia, in Troup County. Marker can be reached from West Mulberry Street east of Douglas Street. Located in the parking lot area of the Mulberry Street Cemeteries. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: West Mulberry Street, Lagrange GA 30240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horace King   1807-1885 (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynching in America / Raising a Voice Against Racial Violence (approx. 0.6 miles away); First flag flown at this site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lafayette (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fuller Earle Callaway, Sr. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gilbert du Motier Marquis de LaFayette (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Nancy Harts (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LaGrange.
 
Graves, and recently erected obelisk, of Horace King (left) and Marshal Ney King. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
3. Graves, and recently erected obelisk, of Horace King (left) and Marshal Ney King.
Reverse side of obelisk of Marshal Ney King (son of Horace King). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
4. Reverse side of obelisk of Marshal Ney King (son of Horace King).
A large portion the unknown graves area, with the Horace King grave in far background. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
5. A large portion the unknown graves area, with the Horace King grave in far background.
Confederate Cemetery with about 300 graves. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
6. Confederate Cemetery with about 300 graves.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,039 times since then and 186 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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