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Re: African Burials Campbellton Rd. SW Georgia

Re: Slave, African-American, American Civil War and American Revolutionary War Burials near Campbellton Rd. SW, Georgia USA...

For those of you interested in American Civil War, Revolutionary War or African burials may I call your attention to the following URLs.

The Venetianhills site have photographs including a photo of the grave of the first physician in Atlanta, Dr. Joshua Gilbert (1815-1889). He attended the Medical College of Atlanta, Georgia. At that time Atlanta was known as Marthasville. The name was changed to Atlanta by a legislative Act of 1845. The name of the Cemetary where Dr. Gilbert is buried is called the Utoy Cemetery and is near Fort McPherson and Campbellton Rd. The historic Cemetary is also home to soldiers of the Revolutionary War of the United States. There may be graves of Native Americans in the Cemetery or the area as they were Scouts and fought in the Civil War.

Property in the immediate area, including the burial grounds was once owned by the Utoy Primitive Baptist Church. My interest in the burial site is within the History of Medicine as next to the Utoy Cemetery was a Confederate Hospital where Dr Gilbert worked.

To the rear of the Cemetery facing East is the slave and African-American Burial ground. Many members of the Utoy Cemetery Association involved in the upgrading of the site have descendants buried in the Cemetery. Both the local Community and the Utoy Cemetery Association are working to have the Utoy Cemetery placed on the National Registry of Historic Places for Georgia.

While assisting in the clean up of Slave and African-American graves I observed several grave markers and depressed earth indicating burial sites. Some of the grave markers were dislodged, broken or simply stones stacked in a pattern.

Information regarding Dr. Joshua Gilbert came from the Fulton County GaArchives Biographies.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

I.M. Spence-Lewis M.D.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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