Visit LaGrange talks Mulberry St. Cemetery project

Published 7:34 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2024

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The public is invited to a presentation of the revitalization project of Mulberry Street Cemetery, a collaborative endeavor between the City, Troup County Archives, and Visit LaGrange.

For those unfamiliar, Mulberry Street Cemetery was originally open from 1863 to 1930, with its first occupants being wounded Civil War soldiers – none of whom are from LaGrange but include soldiers from all 13 of the Confederate States.

Scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2024, the presentation will take place at the Troup-Harris Regional Library located at 115 Alford St, LaGrange, Ga., 30240. Kathy Tilley of Visit LaGrange will share the presentation, offering insights into the significance of this historic landmark and the vision for its restoration.

“LaGrange features some significant history that has already drawn interest from locals and visitors alike,” remarked Kathy Tilley. “This project will showcase one of our most historical sites, highlighting a part of our African American heritage. We are excited to share the vision of the Mulberry Street Cemetery revitalization project and invite the community to be a part of this journey.”

With a grant totaling $1.8 million, the project aims to honor the memory of more than 300 Civil War veterans, commemorate more than 1,000 unknown burial sites, and pay tribute to notable figures such as the esteemed bridge builder Horace King. Additionally, the restoration efforts include the preservation of a rare King covered bridge, situated adjacent to the gravesites of Horace King and one of his sons.

“We’ve been working on this project for more than three years and have spoken with people across the state. The support and enthusiasm have been remarkable,” Tilley continued. “This project serves as a testament to the city’s dedication to preserving our history for future generations.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the project’s timeline, goals, and how they can contribute to its success. As part of the initiative, every gravesite will be marked and efforts will continue to be made to identify the individuals buried in the previously unmarked graves, fostering a deeper connection to our past.

The presentation is open to all members of the public, including history enthusiasts, local residents, and curious minds eager to learn more about LaGrange’s history.

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