The Old Coloured Folks Cemetery
Accord, Telfair County, Georgia
Submitted by Nina Bennett [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Total records = 42.
Attached is a file of names that were on a photocopy my mother-in-law
provided to me. The list is comprised of family members of hers (from
the WOOTEN family) buried in "The Old Coloured Folks Cemetery" in Accord,
Georgia, located in Telfair County. I don't have any other formal name
for the cemetery. That is how it is commonly referred. The cemetery is
over 150 years old.
The location of the cemetery is given as, "along the winding highway on
Route 208 in Accord, Georgia." My atlas doesn't show a Route 208, but
does list a Route 280.
The condition of the cemetery, at the time this list was produced (1997)
is described now as a vacant lot. The actual parameters are not known.
Fire destroyed the old courthouse in Helena, where all the burial records
were housed. Most of the headstones are missing.
Aaron Spaulding, Jr., director of the Aaron Spaulding Funeral Home (Accord,
GA) remembers that the last body to be buried there was hauled in by a
truck in the early 1950's.
At one time, cows were allowed to graze on the overgrowth of bushes and
bramble. During a family reunion, however, in 1993, Deacon Melvin Pound
(another family member), of Centilla Baptist Church organized a clean-up
conducted by the men of the community. They burned away the bushes and
made the cemetery presentable.
Much of the information relating to those buried at the site was provided
from memory by Rena Wooten Johnson (grandmother of Melvin Pound). She
recalled from childhood many of the names of those interred at the site.
During a family reunion in August 1993, a memorial ceremony was conducted
by Rev. Benny Watson, a descendant of Penny Wooten Watson
Harper, Rev. Robert
McRae, Rev. John
Wooten, Essie May
Wooten, Roy Lee
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