Georgia, Columbus, Linwood and Porterdale Colored Cemeteries, Interment Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Georgia, Columbus, Linwood and Porterdale Colored Cemeteries, Interment Records, 1866-2000
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Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, 
United States
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Location of Georgia
Record Description
Record Type Interments
Collection years 1866-2000
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Historic Linwood Foundation Cemetery, Inc., Columbus


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Interment records for the Linwood and Porterdale cemeteries in Columbus, Georgia for years 1866-2000. The Porterdale Colored Cemetery is believed to have been planned around an existing slave cemetery from the city's earliest times, ca. 1820. Porterdale, also known as Old Portdale, O.P., or West Porterdale is a historically black cemetery dating back to the early 1800s. East Porterdale appears to have been used beginning in 1946 and is also historically black. The microfilm of the original records is housed at the Georgia Department of Archives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Age
  • Sex
  • Date of internment
  • Cause of death

  • Native of
  • Cemetery location
  • Lot Number
  • Remarks

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