Postal Code: 31906
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This cemetery, which has served the African-American community, is located behind Carter Monumental Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at 559 Radcliff Avenue, Columbus, GA, 31906. The cemetery lies east and southeast of the church house. The congregation mows the grass and levels off the grave sinks, but is not able to maintain or repair the monuments. No record of burials is known to exist. It is said that the land for a church and cemetery was given by a bank in June 1929, but the Carter Monumental congregation does not presently hold a deed for the cemetery tract. Following a period during which pauper burials were carried out with no evident organization and plots encroached on the churchyard, the cemetery was closed to further burials (since 1985, according to a church trustee).
A historical marker, bearing the following text, is posted on the lot to the south of the cemetery (at the corner of Radcliff Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.):
"In the fall of 1914 Radcliff School was organized in Allen Temple A[frican] M[ethodist] E[piscopal] Church. At that time it was known as Wynnton Hill School. J. L. Bond was principal and the first head teacher was Mrs. S. A. Cody. When the building burned, the school was relocated to Wynnton Hill Baptist Church and later Primitive Baptist Church. In 1929, the school name was changed to Radcliff after a new building was erected on land purchased through a grant from the Rosenwald Foundation. Mrs. Cody was principal with an enrollment of 100 pupils. Radcliff became a junior high in 1940 and, in 1944, became the second senior high school in Columbus for blacks. Mr. B. F. Mosely was principal from 1935-1952 and Dr. M. A. Clarke and Mr. B. T. Stafford followed him. Radcliff was destroyed by fire in 1971." Erected 1993 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Muscogee County School District, and Radcliffonians. Located at: 32° 27.376′ N, 84° 57.198′ W.