Lincoln Cemetery / Rufus Payne, 1884-1939

Lincoln Cemetery / Rufus Payne, 1884-1939 (HM1CQ1)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36109 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 22.062', W 86° 15.93'

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Side 1
Lincoln Cemetery
1907

In 1907 the American Securities Company opened Lincoln Cemetery for African Americans and Greenwood Cemetery for whites, the first commercial cemeteries in the city. Landscape design indicates Olmstead influences with curving drives and two circular sections. Space allotted for 700 graves with first interment in 1908. Most graves are simple concrete slabs with evidences of African-American funerary art and late-Victorian motifs. Marble markers denote members of Mosaic Templars of America, black benevolent society, or graves of veterans. American Securities owned site until tax-exemption ended in 1957. Vandalism and neglect have seriously damaged graves and landscape.

Side 2
Rufus Payne, 1884-1939
"Tee-Tot," Mentor of Hank Williams

Born in Lowndes County, Alabama, Rufus Payne grew up in New Orleans in midst of jazz musicians. Young Payne learned every instrument possible. At death of his parents, he came back to Greenville where he soon had a following of both races, playing jazz and blues for all segments of society. In nearby Georgiana, he met young Hank Williams, an eager student of the rhythm and beat of Tee-Tot's music. In 1937, Williams moved to Montgomery and soon thereafter Tee-Tot came to the city where he lived until his death in 1939, a friend of Williams' family and mentor to the singer-composer. Hank Williams stated that Payne was his only teacher. Tee-Tot died a pauper and lies here in an unmarked grave.
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HM NumberHM1CQ1
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Year Placed2001
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 2:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 569099 N 3581430
Decimal Degrees32.36770000, -86.26550000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.062', W 86° 15.93'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 3.72" N, 86° 15' 55.80" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2444-2460 Lincoln Cemetery, Montgomery AL 36109, US
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