|360 Washington St E|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
On the north side of East Washington Street by the Athens Board of Education.
There also in the records is an Old City Cemetery for African Americans, but unlike the graves here the monuments there are mostly late 1800's to mid to late 1900's, but perhaps slaves and others are buried there in unmarked graves.
There are no other reported Athens Old City Cemeteries. The Athens City Cemetery was founded before this oldest one ceased to be used about 1850. So there is an -- Athens City Cemetery - Old Section and an -- Athens City Cemetery - New Section.
The deed for this cemetery on Washington Street was recorded in 1825 in Deed Book 16, page 330, comprising 3 1/2 acres. Bettye Harrison prepared the a listing which appeared in Valley Leaves in June 1973 from listings of Mrs. Pauline Jones Gandrud in 1928 and Mrs. George W. Smith about 1958. Stones not found by Bettye but listed in the earlier records are generally those without a photo. The results of that book can be found in the Athens Archive just west down the street across the tracks from this cemetery.
An attempt was made to include past transcriptionist efforts at having a complete listing here. We know that is futile as there are lost & crumbled stones and other unmarked graves yielding a record that is incomplete at best. We were able to list one or two other stones not shown in past records or books that we knew of, such as Ann Gamble who died in 1833. C Wayne Austin 12 Dec 2010.