Cemetery Division
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Darrell Meadows - Division Manager



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Historic Linwood Cemetery est. 1828   
621 Lindwood Blvd.
Columbus, GA 31901       Googlemaps »»
History of Linwood Cemetery »»
2004 Map with family names »»

Linwood cemetery was the first cemetery in Columbus, est. in 1828. A surveyor, Mr. Lloyd Thomas, who was working in Columbus, son became ill and died. Mr. Thomas buried his son and surveyed the four acres surrounding his son's grave to be used as a cemetery in Columbus. This cemetery is rich with history in that it is the final resting place for 500 Confederate servicemen, as well as other celebrated individuals, such as, Maj General Henry L. "Old Rock" Benning (for whom Ft. Benning is named), John Pemberton (who is the originator of the Coca-Cola formula), and Lizzie Rutherford, who began interest in the observance of a National Memorial Day, among countless others.
For more information go to: - Historic Linwood Foundation »»   -  Cemetery Records Database »»



Historic Porterdale Cemetery est. 1836   
107 10th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901       Googlemaps »»
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In Historic Porterdale, the earliest marked grave is dated 1836. It is believed the cemetery is named after the first African American Sexton in Columbus, Mr. Richard Porter, who served as Sexton from 1890 to 1916. Among countless marked and unmarked graves, some of the more celebrated are Ma Rainey, "Mother of Blues", and Mr. Bragg Smith, who was made famous in 1903 by his fruitless attempt to save the life of Public Services Director who was gathering information regarding a large brick sewer system that had collapsed. When the ground around the trench began to collapse, Mr. Smith lost his life attempting to save the life of his boss. Other famous people include Mr. William Spencer and Mr. Edward Sherald. Some earlier information suggest that there are slaves buried in this cemetery as well as the City's first paupers graves.
For more information go to:  -  Cemetery Records Database »»



Historic Riverdale Cemetery est. 1890   
1000 Victory Drive
Columbus, GA 31901       Googlemaps »»
1889 map of Riverdale »»
1924-1943 maps of Riverdale »»
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Riverdale Cemetery was established in 1890. The brick building near the entrance, erected in 1915, originally included a chapel, housing for the City Sexton and a bell tower atop an arched passageway for funeral processions. Through the years, special sections of the cemetery have been marked: by Shearith Israel and Temple Israel for members of those congregations, and by the American Legion for veterans of the armed forces. The office maintains records for all city-owned cemeteries.

Civil rights advocate who campaigned for the right for all to vote, Mr. Primus King are among those buried in East Porterdale cemetery.
For more information go to:  -  Cemetery Records Database »»



Historic East Porterdale Cemetery est. 1946   
320 Tenth Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901       Googlemaps »»
Historical maps of East Porterdale »»
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Established in 1946, many African American families purchased lots, sometimes many together, to form family lots that are still being used regularly today. In 1993, based on an urgent need, the pauper section was extended to this particular cemetery. Civil rights advocate who campaigned for the right for all to vote, Mr. Primus King are among those buried in East Porterdale cemetery.
For more information go to: -  Cemetery Records Database »»



Opening and Closing Fees   - city code »»
Burial Type Weekdays Weekends
Grave opening and closing for full body burial    
  Infants (up to 1 year of age) $350. $450.
  Children (1-5 years of age) $550. $650.
  Adults (includes children over 5 years of age) $900. $1,150.
Disposition of cremation remains with ash container:    
  Internment of cremation ashes in owned burial lot $300. $500.
  Installation of cremation ashes in Veteran's Columbarium $100. $200.
Application and recording fee $25. $25.
Purchase of long term storage in marked drawer in Veteran's Columbarium $200. $200.

Indigent Burials and Cremations
   The city provides burial and cremation for individuals who have no assets or who have no apparent family. City cemeteries have areas designed for burial of "Indigent" persons or ashes. The service is provided in order to give a dignified final resting place for individuals when families or loved ones do not have the means of providing a normal burial or cremation.

For those indigent who are cremated, the ashes will remain in the custody of the city and preserved permanently in a dignified manner. In order to be considered for this service, families or friends of the deceased must qualify through the Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS).

Please read this FAQ Brochure for further steps and qualifications.

Burials must be scheduled 24 hours in advance with burial service no later than 4:00pm weekdays and not before Monday, 11:00am. Pauper burials may be scheduled for 10:00am or 1:00pm  -  Columbus, GA Code of Ordinances: Section 9 »»