Historic Markers Across Georgia

Gilbert Memorial Cemetery

Marker ID: GHM 060-199
Location: Cleveland Avenue at I-75, Atlanta
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 40.878    W 084° 23.971
  33.6813    -84.39951
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2VBZ
Gilbert Memorial Cemetery  Marker  


This monument marks the site of the Gilbert Cemetery, originally a one-acre plot set aside by Jerimiah S. Gilbert for burials. He acquired the land in 1861 from his father. Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century´s use of these grounds expanded to provide burial for members of various churches and fraternal lodges of the neighboring black community. These included the Sterling Chapel (founded in 1885 and later merged with Dodd United Methodist Church in 1973 to form the Dodd-Sterling United Methodist Church), Travelers´ Rest Baptist Church, Union Baptist Church, and the Queen of the South Lodge Free and Accepted Masons.

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of those individuals, known and unknown, here interred. Among those buried here, identified by family, friends and private records are those whose names are listed on the central monument. Pastors who are known to have participated in Services at Gilbert Cemetery include: A. M. Bridges; J. B. Greer; C. J. J. Johnson, D.D.; J.F. Shumake; B.B. Carter; T. W. Hobbs; E. D. Lumpkin; C.S. Stinson; R. Wilborn.

Gilbert Cemetery was destroyed by unknown persons in the late 1950´s. The Memorial Cemetery has been made possible through efforts of concerned local residents, local clergy, the Fulton County Superior Court, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and others, so that those laid to rest here would not be forgotten.