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Buried history

Clay Family Cemetery
Atlanta (Kirkwood), Georgia.
25 May 2018.

▶ The view from Clifton Street, NE (1/2 block south of intersection with Wade Avenue NE).
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“Jesse Clay (1786-1872) emigrated from Monticello, Georgia (Jasper County) in 1826 with his wife, three sons, and daughter to settle recently purchased land in DeKalb County. His 850 acres subsequently became the western third of the incorporated City of Kirkwood (1899-1926). As with many Southern farms and plantations, the Clays had their own burial ground, which became known as the Clay Cemetery, one of Kirkwood’s oldest intact historical sites.

Evidence suggests that Clay Cemetery became an integrated burial ground well before the area’s shift in racial demographics during the 1960s. Oral histories from neighbors and the Clay family report activity in the cemetery into the early 1970s.

The Clay Cemetery Committee sponsors regular maintenance of the cemetery and documentation of its past and present”
— Clay Family Cemetery.

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Photo taken on 25 May 2018 (© cizauskas / Flickr)

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