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     Cemeteries are among Georgia's most important historic resources. We usually think of cemeteries as sacred places where family and friends can visit to show honor and respect to the departed. However, cemeteris can also be places of education and learning by allowing us to uncover the stories of the people buried in them. Thus, if we desire to tell the stories of our communities to citizens and visitors, a cemetery offers one of the best opportunities.

Resources:

Preserving Georgia's Historic Cemeteries

A Publication from the Historic Preservation Division of Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Old School Cemetery: Mapping, Documentation, Preservation, and Interpretation of a Significant Historic African-American Site

A case study published by New South Associates documenting preservation and interpretation of a cemetery in Washington, GA.

Cemetery Art and Symbolism

List of symbols and their meanings adapted from materials produced by The Association for Gravestone Studies.

Suggested Classroom Activities:

The Cemetery: An Outdoor Classroom

A student workbook by Dr. Edward L. Stranix featuring 27 activities for sutdents to perform while visiting a local cemetery.

Other Cemetery Activities

These activities use GPS connections.