A Primer on Cemeteries of Americus, Georgia

Alan Anderson, archivist
Sumter Historic Trust, Inc.

Four cemeteries in and abutting Americus - Eastview, Oak Grove, Staley Memorial Gardens and Sunset Memorial Gardens - are so large that only an alphabetical listing was practical. The two older black and white cemeteries, Eastview (1834) and Oak Grove (1857) respectively, also have transcribed sexton's reports for the final four decades of the 19th century. Those for Oak Grove are in chronological order.

Just outside the city limits, the two newer black and white cemeteries, Staley and Sunset respectively, are each less than fifty years old. Staley, the smaller of the two, is simply alphabetical. Sunset is substantially larger and is divided into three sections, i.e., general, Masonic and vaults. Both cemeteries employ flat metal grave markers laid out in rows.

Founders Memorial Park (1835), one block from the old courthouse square, had its last burial in 1933 and is no longer used for that purpose. It has the same format as the rural cemeteries.

As with the rural cemeteries, this undertaking involved considerable research, along with the ability to read and sometimes decipher hand-writter sexton's books. Any errors that may have occurred will be corrected upon the submission of appropriate proofs.

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Alan Anderson