In the summer of 2019, Mamie Hillman, Director of the Greene County African American Museum, learned of an African American burial ground on the other side of the wall from the historic Penfield Cemetery, where many of the founders of Mercer University are buried. The cemetery appears to hold hundreds of graves, including marked stones that identify formerly enslaved members of the community and their children.
On this website, we invite descendants of those buried in the cemetery and other community members to connect with lost ancestors. We hope you will share stories and photographs as we work to preserve their memory and to place those memories within a larger narrative of African American history in Georgia.
Through collective memory in the community, through courthouse and online research, we will do all we can to piece their stories together again. They deserve to be honored, celebrated, and remembered by name, those who gave everything so that we could see this day, and the days of freedom yet to come.