Most people have heard of Bonaventure Cemetery, but you have explored the bold history of the Savannah residents buried at Laurel Grove South? Take a walk through time on Holly’s blog to reveal a part of Savannah you may not have noticed 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 taken in the fragrance from the many flowers. New to Savannah? Holly suggests walking before the heat sets in.
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.
Sometimes even after weeks of research there are more questions than answers, which is the case with the Verdier family. However, The Laurel Grove Society is dedicated to recording any known information, even if it doesn’t flower into a fully-realized history. Here is what we do know: Robert and Caesar Verdier were both deacons ofContinue reading “The Verdier Family”
Frank B. Mullino, Sr. was one, but more importantly, he was one of nine: the “Original Nine” Black police officers in Savannah. What did it take to be a Black police officer in the deep South in 1947? Perfection and grit beyond what anyone has seen. Savannah whittled 60 men down to 16 and thenContinue reading “The Original Nine”
Warning: case uses term “negroes,” because it was argued in 1962. This is a slight departure from my normal cemetery fare, but this case deserves remembrance. In 1961 six young adults were arrested for playing basketball peacefully in Daffin Park. Apparently in Savannah playing basketball while Black was indeed a crime. This is the SupremeContinue reading “Wright Vs. Georgia”
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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