120 Watkins Street
Augusta, GA 30901
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Cedar Grove Cemetery is one rich in black history. The staff of the Augusta-Richmond County Cemeteries compiled the information on our website. It is our hopes that you will find a taste of Augusta's history and the people that helped build it. If at any time during your visit the staff of Cedar Grove Cemetery can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to ask.
In 1820, Augusta allotted 40 acres of land where slaves were laid to rest in wooden boxes or were simply wrapped in clothe and buried in unmarked, shallow graves. The first records of burials at Cedar Grove Cemetery is found on page 100 of Book A, July 1840. It reads, "6 blacks, 2 of whom children". At this time in history, names of the deceased or their masters were not listed.
It was not until June of 1862 that the records began to show the colored report, giving date died, sometimes names, disease, age, sex, wards in which they lived, and who they were the property of. In June of 1865, the report started listing the deceased of freedman instead of property. In April of 1880, separate books from Magnolia Cemetery burials were started. The record books can be found in a safe at Magnolia Cemetery, containing records of the past up till present day, but no index is available until after 1930.
The oldest marked grave to be found in Cedar Grove Cemetery to date is 1835. The stone has been broken for many years.
East Side of the Tombstone
Here lie all that was mortal of my dear Mother, Sister and Brother.
Mary Jane Kent Born 14th Sept. 1832. Died 4th Oct. 1835 Aged 3 yrs. & 20 days.
Munroe Johnson Kent Born 31st Oct. 1834 Died 31st March 1835 Aged 5 months
West Side of the Tombstone
Sacred to the Memory of Matilda Devroux. Born in Milledgeville 12-16-1811. Died In Augusta 9-10-1859 Aged 47 yrs. 8 mos. 24 days etc. etc.