Rincon in Effingham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Jerusalem Church Cemetery
In 2011, archaeologists discovered numerous early graves, estimated in the hundreds, extending outside the present day brick fence. This discovery presented something of a mystery since the present fence was erected in the 1980s loosely following the footprint of a much older fence. The older fence may have been erected inside the original cemetery boundaries due to damage to earlier fences known to have occurred during the American Revolution and Civil War, obscuring original cemetery boundaries. Alternatively, the graves outside the fence may be those of Revolutionary War dead, purposely buried in a separate section, as a large number of British, Hessian, and American troops were reported to have died at Ebenezer during the various occupations of the town during the war.
The Georgia Salzburger Society, with permission of the Congregation
A large burial ground containing numerous African-American graves has also been located in the wooded area south of the fenced cemetery. The perimeter of that portion of the cemetery containing African-American graves has also been marked by granite posts and a commemorative stone. The date of the first burial in that portion of the cemetery is not known but there are reports of continued use through the first half of the Twentieth Century.
A reconsecration service for the portion of the burial ground located outside the fence, including the African American portion of the cemetery, was conducted by the Congregation of Jerusalem Lutheran Church at the time of the erection of this marker.
Erected by The Georgia Salzburger Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1740.
Location. 32° 22.425′ N, 81° 10.941′ W. Marker is in Rincon, Georgia, in Effingham County. Marker is on Ebenezer Road (County Route Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2966 Ebenezer Road, Rincon GA 31326, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rev. John Martin Bolzius / The Rev. Israel Christian Gronau (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bartram Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); March to the Sea: Ebenezer Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); The Salzburgers (within shouting distance of this marker); Old River Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town of Ebenezer (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Adam Treutlen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Silk Culture at Ebenezer (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rincon.
Also see . . . Museum of the Georgia Salzburger Society. (Submitted on September 26, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
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