Please join us to clean up this African American Cemetery
The Piney Grove Cemetery Committee and Buckhead Heritage are calling on all Atlantans to help restore respect and dignity to the Piney Grove Cemetery. Piney Grove Cemetery is considered the last remaining historic landmark of Piney Grove, a former African American community located in Buckhead, that dates back to the mid-1820s.
The cemetery has over 300 graves, some of which hold the remains of formerly enslaved people, who helped build Atlanta. This sacred site is also a historically significant landmark for Atlanta determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The irregular burial patterns, the variety of hewn and native gravestones, and the terraced landscaping are unique features that give Piney Grove Cemetery a distinct historic character and make it significant as a historic cultural landscape.
Despite this, Piney Grove Cemetery has been threatened by highways and development for a number of decades. The state of the cemetery today is not good; it has not been cared for in years. Trash, tires, bottles, and other rubbish are scattered over the site. Vegetation has overgrown many grave markers and sites. But we have hope!
A newly formed Piney Grove cemetery committee in conjunction with local historians and activists have undertaken the task of restoring the site to a state worthy of the history that still lives there and the souls buried in its grounds. There will be a variety of ways you can volunteer to help us over the next 12 to 18 months, Please email SavePineyGroveCemetery@gmail.com or call 470-509-4746.