Laurel Grove Cemetery
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Laurel Grove Cemetery is a cemetery located in midtown Savannah, Georgia. It includes the original cemetery for whites (now known as Laurel Grove North) and a companion burial ground (called Laurel Grove South) that was reserved for slaves and free people of color. The original cemetery has countless graves of many of Savannah's Confederate veterans of the American Civil War. Laurel Grove South holds the graves of thousands of slaves and free blacks from coastal Georgia. The cemetery was dedicated in 1852. The lawyer and poet Henry Rootes Jackson delivered the dedication address.
With lush plantings and beautifully carved stones, both sections of Laurel Grove Cemetery resemble more famous Victorian-era graveyards such as Green-Wood in New York City and Père Lachaise in Paris. The south section of the cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1978 and the north section was added to the NRHP in 1983.
Although planned as early as 1818, Laurel Grove first opened for burials in 1853. Administrators of Laurel Grove have recently begun an ambitious plan to computerize the cemetery's burial records.
- Laurel Grove Cemetery, An Account of its Dedication ... Delivered on the 10th of November, 1852 ...(Savannah, City Council 1852). See also Alfred L. Brophy, "The Road to the Gettysburg Address," Florida State University Law Review 43 (2016):831, 848. (discussing "rural cemetery" movement and the role of dedication speeches, including Jackson's, in explaining the movement's role in promotion of ideas of constitution and Union).
- Media related to Laurel Grove-North Cemetery at Wikimedia Commons
- Media related to Laurel Grove-South Cemetery at Wikimedia Commons
- Laurel Grove South Cemetery historical marker
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