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Marker ID: MCBC 
Location: on Central Ave., in the Madison Historic Cemetery just south of the RR tracks, Madison, GA.
County: Morgan
Coordinates: N 33° 35.780    W 083° 28.375
  33.59633333    -83.47291666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9DC3
Segregated Burial Grounds Marker  


Historic burial traditions parallel both the societal structure and economic status of the period. Old Cemetery reveals racially distinct sections reflected in the notable absence of family plots and headstones only hill's slope, where a memorial honors the final resting place of the town's early black residents. Later cemetery development followed the traditional family plot design for both races but still segregated burial grounds. The plans for New Cemetery provided an area "north of Division Avenue for colored people " and the plans for Fairview Cemetery provided a portion "laid off for (the) negro cemetery ". A memorial marks the unidentified burials in New Cemetery were coping and headstones are relatively sparse except for the early leaders of the black community. Individual headstones are more prevalent throughout Fairview Cemetery. The Civil Rights era led to the creation of private "whites only " cemeteries such is Morgan Memorial Park, Inc. This cemetery was later acquired by the City who removed the race restrictive covenants and changed the name to Madison Memorial Cemetery.

City of Madison    Madison Bicentennial Commission    1809 -- 2009
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Segregated Burial Grounds