Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Lincoln Cemetery / Rufus Payne, 1884-1939
In 1907 the American Securities Company opened Lincoln Cemetery for African Americans and Greenwood Cemetery for whites, the first commercial cemeteries in the city. Landscape design indicates Olmstead influences with curving drives and two circular sections. Space allotted for 700 graves with first interment in 1908. Most graves are simple concrete slabs with evidences of African-American funerary art and late-Victorian motifs. Marble markers denote members of Mosaic Templars of America, black benevolent society, or graves of veterans. American Securities owned site until tax-exemption ended in 1957. Vandalism and neglect have seriously damaged graves and landscape.
"Tee-Tot," Mentor of Hank Williams
Born in Lowndes County, Alabama, Rufus Payne grew up in New Orleans in midst of jazz musicians. Young Payne learned every instrument possible. At death of his parents, he came back to Greenville where he soon had a following of both races, playing jazz and blues for all segments of society. In nearby Georgiana, he met young Hank Williams, an eager student of the rhythm and beat of Tee-Tot's music. In 1937, Williams moved to Montgomery and soon thereafter Tee-Tot came to the city
Erected 2001 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 22.059′ N, 86° 15.93′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Lincoln Road 0.1 miles north of Harrison Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1130 Lincoln Road, Montgomery AL 36109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montgomery County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Remount Depot / Keyton Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Site of St. James Holt Crossing Baptist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Forest Avenue's Medical Facilities / Oak Park Montgomery's First Public Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Capitol Heights Elementary School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fallen Vietnam War Heroes of Montgomery County (approx. 1˝ miles away); Home of Ralph David Abernathy (approx. 1˝ miles away); Birthplace of Nat "King" Cole (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . .
1. Rufus (Tee Tot) Payne. (Submitted on January 19, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Lincoln Cemetery. (Submitted on January 19, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Entertainment •
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