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Re: [Nationwide] Funeral homes & Cemetaries

This is more of the info for Savannah, Ga.
The date is the city directory in which this
was found:

_1908 *J. Dorsey 625 W. Walburg
*Home Undertaking 567 W. Bryan
*A. Jackson 547 E. Liberty
*J.H. Johnson 325-33 Jefferson
*A.M. Monroe 605 W. Broad
-Royall Undtk. 319 W. Oglethorpre
*E. Seabrook 530 W. Broad

_1929-30 *Savannah Undtk. 514 W. Broad

_1937-42 *Powell & Co. 712 W. Broad

_1940-42 *Roberts Fun. Hm. 520 W. Henry

_1942 *Steele's Fun. Hm.

_1950 -Sidney A. Jones
-Williams & Williams

_1960 *Rakestraw 520 W. Henry

Bynes & Royall (Savannah's oldest black business)


1921 -25 Laurel Grove is the only black cemetery listed. This maybe because it is city controlled, the others are private.
The first burial ground for black's(1763), was laid out in line with the(Colonial Park) cemetery(white).
Laurel Grove(South) was open in 1852, fifteen acres were set aside for the burial of " free people of color and slaves."
Today Laurel Grove is divided by I-16 37th St. exit, which also divide the North and South portions of the cemetery. White on the North side and Black on the South side. Even in death we couldn't be together.

The funeral directors with the (*) are no longer in business. Your Powell & Co. being one of them. Unless someone bought them out and kept there records. I don't where those records would be.
May need to start calling around. If I find anything I will post.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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