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Porterdale Cemetery
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia

porterdale cemetery
Porterdale Cemetery

GPS: 32.453477, -84.982101

107 10th Avenue
Columbus, Georgia

Published: June 26, 2016
Total records: 3,752

Porterdale Cemetery is owned and operated by the City of Columbus, GA.

History

Porterdale Cemetery is located in an area designated for burials on the earliest maps of Columbus, which dates back to 1828. The oldest marked grave surveyed so far is dated 1836, but the area was undoubtedly used for earlier burials which were not recorded or marked, or those markings have disappeared. Much of Porterdale's history was of the oral tradition, so has been lost over time. Existing interment records begin in 1871, but surviving City Council records list some burials by name as early as 1849.

Porterdale Cemetery is believed to have been named after the first African American cemetery sexton, Richard Porter, who served this cemetery from 1873 to 1916, and also is buried here. Both Porterdale Cemetery and East Porterdale Cemetery are heavily used by African American families.

Cemetery Records

Records published here were acquired from the City of Columbus, Cemetery Division.


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