Angel of SMOGC

Oak Grove Cemetery was established in 1788.  The cemetery is divided into three main sections:  the old white section, the old black section, and towards the back the "new" section.

The cemetery listing for Oak Grove reads like a "Who's Who" of Camden County settlers.  Under the old oaks laden with Spanish moss you'll find the first settlers of St. Marys as well as the founders of both Kingsland and Woodbine.  Acadians have found their final resting place behind brick walls; in addition, there are numerous yellow fever victims resting under the moss draped oak trees.

One of the most beautiful monuments in Oak Grove is the "Angel."  I [Tara Fields] have recently finished resurveying this cemetery and have posted the records in my burial section.

For the most part the majority of the cemeteries in Camden County are segregated; very few mix burials.  This isn't really an "unwritten rule" anymore for the most part people tend to be buried with their families.  In the past segregation was forced upon society; today it's mainly a matter of wanting to be buried near loved ones.


Old section - White - 1

Old section - White - 2. The wall was built in the early 1900s from ship ballast.

Old section - White - 3

Old section - Black - 1

 


Old section - Black - 2

Old section, steps to  - Black - 3.
After the white families built a wall around their sections, the black families
decided to do the same for their side. Walls around cemeteries helped keep
wandering farm animals from rooting around and trampling the graves. These
stairs are unique to the black side of the cemetery

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Old section, tree - Black - 4

Old section, tree roots in/over grave - Black - 6
  Three Monuments That Caught My Eye:

New section - White - 2.
The new sections of the cemetery, divided from the old by a small dirt road, are in much neater rows, making finding your loved one a bit easier. It's also not nearly as crowded.

Gated stone 1 - Gated stone 2

Urn monument

Mary R. Bailey Dufour, wife of Alonzo Bernard Dufour

 

 

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