Colored Cemetery

The Colored Cemetery on 10th Avenue in Columbus, Georgia, is a 17.6-acre (7.1 ha) cemetery used by African-American citizens of Columbus that has burials dating back to at least the 1840s. In 1936, the name Porterdale Cemetery began to be used also. It is believed to have been included in the 1828 plan for the city by surveyor Edward Lloyd Thomas.[2]

Colored Cemetery
Colored Cemetery is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Colored Cemetery
Colored Cemetery is located in the United States
Colored Cemetery
Location10th Ave., Alabaster, Alabama
Coordinates32°27′11″N 84°58′55″W / 32.453°N 84.982°W / 32.453; -84.982Coordinates: 32°27′11″N 84°58′55″W / 32.453°N 84.982°W / 32.453; -84.982
Area17.6 acres (7.1 ha)
Builtc. 1845
MPSColumbus MRA
NRHP reference No.80001155[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 29, 1980

The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

The name "Porterdale" for the cemetery is apparently in honor of Richard P. Porter, the cemetery's sexton from about 1878 to about 1920.[2]

See alsoEdit

  • Old City Cemetery, cemetery of whites in Columbus, also founded in 1828 and NRHP-listed


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Nancy Alexander; Roger Harris; Janice P. Biggers. "Historic Resources of Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia--GA AHP Survey-Inventory: Porterdale Cemetery / The Colored Cemetery". National Park Service. Retrieved August 24, 2016.