Posts tagged ‘Slave Burials’

May 31, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Annie, Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, Wilkes Co., GA

My son and I recently took a wandering trip through South Georgia from Elberton to Washington to Augusta and finally to Savannah and Tybee Island. (Since we live in the very Northeast corner of the state, pretty much everything is South Georgia to us.) While in Washington, a volunteer at one of the local museums directed us to the Resthaven Cemetery where many of Washington’s prominent early citizens were buried. On the outskirts we found a section of burials that were headed largely by unmarked stones.

At first, we thought this might be the poorer section of the cemetery, but then we spotted a stone marking the grave of Annie, no surname.

The stone reads: Annie Died 7 February 1856 Aged 37 Years.

While I don’t want to jump to conclusions, I have to wonder if Annie wasn’t a slave, and if that particular section was used for the burial of slaves. There could be other explanations. It’s likely local historians know the purpose behind this section, but we, unfortunately, were not in a position during our visit to seek such learned persons out.

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