Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery

Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery (HM9EZ)

Location: Athens, GA 30601 Clarke County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 58.199', W 83° 21.739'

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The Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery was founded in 1882 by the Gospel Pilgrim Society, a fraternal organization, to furnish respectable funerals and burial places for Athens-area African Americans. Popular in the nineteenth century, such societies offset funeral costs and ensured a funeral procession and properburial for members. The cemetery illustrates a Reconstruction-era departure in the black community from burial sites associated with specific churches. Gospel Pilgrim also contains fine examples of African-American funerary art. Approximately 3500 persons are buried here, including state legislator MadisonDavis and nationally recognized folk artist Harriet Powers.
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HM NumberHM9EZ
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number29-6
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society and East Athens Development Corporation, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 1:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 281745 N 3761342
Decimal Degrees33.96998333, -83.36231667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 58.199', W 83° 21.739'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 58' 11.94" N, 83° 21' 44.34" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 625 Fourth Street, Athens GA 30601, US
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