Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Oak Ridge Cemetery
1866 To Present
Despite Oak Ridge Cemetery's association with enslaved and pauper burials, the growing post-Civil War African American population in Macon did not shun this cemetery. Instead, they embraced this place as a site for remembrance of lives lost during slavery and identified with this history as their heritage. From the late nineteenth century through today, many of Macon's leading African American families have chosen to be buried in Oak Ridge. This section does not have any available family lots, but burials
Many African American fraternal organizations also purchased lots in Oak Ridge. For a small recurring fee, members of these organizations, including the Order of the Good Samaritans, the Independent Society, and the Daughters of the Good Samaritan, could be buried within their organizations' lot in Oak Ridge. These leaders, their families, and groups chose Oak Ridge as their burial place while the burial of paupers continued in this section until the 1970s.
Erected 2016 by Historic Macon Foundation.
Location. 32° 50.978′ N, 83° 38.141′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker can be reached from Madison Street 0.2 miles north of Riverside Drive (U.S. 23). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Macon GA 31201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Unknown, But Not Forgotten (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Edward Dorr Tracy, Jr. (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Oak Ridge Cemetery (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Oak Ridge Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Alfred Holt Colquitt (about 700 feet away); Macon Defensive Fortifications (about 800 feet away); John Basil Lamar (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Memorial Day in Macon (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
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