Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery
The Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery was founded in 1882 by the Gospel Pilgrim Society, a fraternal organization, to furnish respectable funerals and burial places for Athens-area African Americans. Popular in the nineteenth century, such societies offset funeral costs and ensured a funeral procession and proper burial for members. The cemetery illustrates a Reconstruction-era departure in the black community from burial sites associated with specific churches. Gospel Pilgrim also contains fine examples of African-American funerary art. Approximately 3500 persons are buried here, including state legislator Madison Davis and nationally recognized folk artist Harriet Powers.
Erected 2008 by The Georgia Historical Society and East Athens Development Corporation, Inc. (Marker Number 29-6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 530 Fourth Street, Athens GA 30601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cook & Brother Confederate Armory (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cook & Brother Armory Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Olympic Games in Athens (approx. 0.9 miles away); Clarke County (approx. one mile away); The Athens Double-Barrelled Cannon (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dr. Moses Waddel (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 to 1902 (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,160 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.