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Utoy Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery-Atlanta, Georgia

From the Utoy Cemetery Association website, Atlanta’s historic Utoy Cemetery is a fenced three and a half acre suburban cemetery located at 1465 Cahaba Drive SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30311, behind the old Utoy Primitive Baptist Church (now the Temple of Christ Pentecostal Church), 1911 Venetian Drive SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30311. The cemetery was originally part of the Utoy Primitive Baptist Church, but in 1984 was deeded to the Utoy Cemetery Association, Inc.

Utoy Primitive Baptist Church, apparently the oldest Baptist Church in present Fulton County, was constituted August 15, 1824, in a log house just west of the present church, which is now located at the corner of Venetian Drive (originally Utoy Road) and Cahaba Drive, in Southwest Atlanta. The church was apparently moved to its present location in the summer of 1828. Today, the Utoy Church building itself is owned by the Temple of Christ Pentecostal Church, Inc., an organization that has an active African-American congregation of approximately 100 members.

It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

Front and backside of William Gilbert’s marker
John (1854-1921) and Georgia (1849-1910) Head. There is a typo on Georgia’s name. They are the parents of Edna Thrift (1888-1983) and John Head (1878-1930), who have the matching headstones below.
Sarah Hendon (typo on the grave) was a Civil War nurse. (1823-1910)

Henry B. Tompkins Home-Atlanta, Georgia

Neel Reid designed this 1922 Georgian-inspired home for Henry B. Tompkins and his wife. The home was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The home was painted this bright orange in 2010.

Black and white photo is courtesy the NRHP application.

Springwood Cemetery-Greenville, South Carolina

Monument for Matilda (1824-1900) and George (1819-1892)

Springwood Cemetery, located in Greenville, South Carolina, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. It is an important cemetery because it reflects the history of the city within its walls. Several early Greenville citizens call Springwood their final resting place. It also contains several Victorian markers and reflects the rural cemetery style that became popular with Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts.

The first burial was in 1812. Springwood has been known as the Elford Cemetery, the Old Graveyard, and the Old Village Burial Ground. Springwood features a formal, planned design. The pathways and design of the cemetery were created by landscape architect, G. L. Norrman, a noted architect in the Southeast, who was inspired by the rural cemetery movement.

Zahiya (1898-1975) and Alfred (1890-1951) Saad
Marker for the Efstration family plot
Close-up of the Efstration sculpture
“Stand back! I’m coming up!”-James Davis, Jr. (1927-2010)
The interesting crypt of Tweetie Carter (1876-1931).
Marker for dentist and violinist Dr. Ben C. Jones (1880-1966)