Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sailors’ Burial Ground
The lot was purchased in 1860 by John Cunningham, a public-spirited citizen of Savannah, as a burial place for seafarers "who may die in this Port." It was presented by Major Cunningham in 1897 to the Savannah Port Society which was incorporated by the Georgia Legislature in 1843 for the purpose of promoting the welfare of "Seamen frequenting the Port of Savannah."
A commemorative service for the officers and men of the merchant marine whose mortal remains lie here is held annually at this site on the Sunday nearest National Maritime Day, May 22nd, which is the anniversary of the departure of the Steamship "Savannah" from this Port on her epoch-making voyage across the Atlantic in 1819.
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-17A.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 3.994′ N, 81° 6.392′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Touch for map. In Laurel Grove Cemetery North, on Hawthorne. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31415, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Silence (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKelvey-Powell Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Phillips Monumental A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Florance Street School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Jewish Burial Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charity Hospital and Training School for Nurses (approx. half a mile away); De Lyon - De La Motta Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); British Evacuation (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Industry & Commerce • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels •
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