Most people have heard of Bonaventure Cemetery, but have you explored the bold history of the Savannah residents buried at Laurel Grove South? Take a walk through time on the blog to reveal a part of Savannah you may not have heard about before.


Laurel Grove South is as much about the people as it is a place. More than the history of the cemetery itself, you can take a peek into the lives of doctors, veterans, civil right leaders, pastors, educators, community organizers, and many more people from Savannah’s past buried there.


Read this site end to end? Well, then it’s time to experience the cemetery for yourself. Take a walk through the wide paths, examine the unique headstones, and take in the fragrance from the many flowers. New to Savannah? Walking in the morning beats the heat.

A man is poor, not because he doesn’t have money, but because he doesn’t have enough vision in his head and heart.

w. w. Law

Westley Wallace Law was a Civil Rights leader, a WWII veteran, and a historic preservationist with a degree in biology.

He is interred at LGS, and it is because of him that much of the cemetery still stands.


The Titans of West Broad Street

West Broad Street, now MLK Blvd, was the mecca of industry in Savannah, especially during the first quarter of the 1900s.

Entrepreneurial Black men and women alike owned business of all kinds, from funeral homes to music schools and grocery stores.

But the building that stood out above all others was the Wage Earners Bank. It was the first bank of its kind to reach over 1 million dollars in deposits in the entire country.

Rosa Lou Barnes, an original director of the
Wage Earner’s Bank

Wage Earners Bank

Laurel Grove South Cemetery

The resting spot for some of Savannah’s most formidable residents.


This site is a love letter to LGS, a local Savannah cemetery filled with beauty and many notable locals that contributed much to the city.

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