| 03/5/2014 07:18 AM
Story by Helene Carter
The Paine College History Club will conduct the Cedar Grove Historical Re-enactments at Augusta’s historic African-American cemetery on Saturday, March 8th from 11am to 2pm. The Cedar Grove Cemetery, located at 120 Watkins Street is rich in African American history. The last tour will commence at 1 pm.
In 1820, Augusta allotted 40 acres of land where slaves were laid to rest in wooden boxes or were simply wrapped in cloth and buried in unmarked shallow graves. It was not until 1862 that records began to show the colored report, giving more details about the deceased such as dated died, age, sex, wards in which they lived and sometimes names. Throughout the years, the reports were upgraded with more information about the deceased.
The public is invited to join the History Club students who will portray some of the well-known African-Americans who are interred at Cedar Grove. Many notables are buried in the historic cemetery such as Mr. James Carter, Sr., Augusta’s first black dentist; Mr. R. A. Dent, first black from Augusta elected to the legislature; and Rev. Silas Floyd, educator and writer.
At the cemetery entrance, there will be a welcoming table with brochures and Paine College student tour guides who will lead guests in small groups from the entrance to sites of the living history re-enactors who will share life stories at gravesites.
Directions to cemetery: From Paine College, proceed on Laney-Walker Boulevard to 2nd Street. Turn left on 2nd Street and proceed to Watkins Street. Turn right for Cedar Grove. Please park on the street.
For more information, please contact Paine College professors Arthur Holmes, Aholmes@paine.edu, or Robert Jones, Rjones@paine.edu. Media outlets are invited to contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement: Hcarter@paine.edu, 706.821.8323, 803 664.0080 (mobile).