03 April 2011

A Sign of the Times

     Inside my Great-Grandfather's funeral condolence book is a cemetery plot deed for his first wife, Ruby Waters Huyler (he ended up buried next to his second wife two states over). She was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia in 1953. At this time and in this place Jim Crow was king. This document highlights the way that segregation was a big part of life in the south.

     Looking over the deed, you can see that there are eight rules regarding burial in this cemetery. Rules one and two: White Only. I'm really curious about when these rules were changed. 1964? After?

     Here's the deed:

Greenwood Cemetery - Deed

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