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Whether photography is your passion, your hobby, or just an occasional pastime, we invite you to participate in our Decatur Cemetery Master Plan Implementation photo contest, celebrating the largest green space in Decatur.

There will be two prizes awarded, one for amateurs and the other for professionals. The winning photos will be displayed on the Decatur website and will be displayed in the new Decatur Cemetery Office. Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate.

To enter, take current photos of the Decatur Cemetery. Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Photos may be 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 color or black and white prints. You may submit up to five prints. All entries will become the property of the City of Decatur and will not be returned. All photos must be received by May 31, 2010.

Mail to:   Decatur Cemetery Photo Contest, 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Photos will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the green space or the unique character of the cemetery. Subject can be people enjoying walking pets in the cemetery, landscapes, etc. Judges will select winning photos from both the amateur and professional categories.

Good luck!

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Decatur Cemetery gazeboFrom Susan at the Decatur Preservation Alliance:

“To honor the veterans buried in Decatur Cemetery, the Friends of Decatur Cemetery (FODC), a project of Decatur Preservation Alliance, will place flags on the graves followed by a ceremony on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.

We need your help!  FODC is in the process of identifying the 700 to 1,000 veterans’ graves in the cemetery by doing walking surveys.  If you would like to help locate these graves, there are two opportunities:  this Saturday, July 25, beginning at 9 a.m. or next Wednesday, July 29, at 9 a.m.  We will meet at the cemetery office, and we promise that you will find this interesting!

Please contact Nancie Sill, who is in charge of the survey, if you have any questions or to let her know that you are coming to help.  Nancie’s email address is nanciesill@comcast.net,  or you may call her at 404.247.8888.  Also, if you know of a veteran’s gravesite and want to make sure it’s included, please let Nancie know.

We are grateful to Victoria Collier of The Elder and Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, PC, for her generous sponsorship of this project.”

Sounds like a fun way to spend some time outside in this fabulous green space.

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Photo from Wikipedia

Photo from Wikipedia

In this economic climate, we are all looking for FREE things to entertain us and our families. The Historic Decatur Cemetery is a great place to visit, take a walk  and visit the historic gravesites. The cemetery is believed to have been an old church burial ground taken into the city when it was chartered in 1823. The two oldest headstone inscriptions date to 1827 and 1828 and belong to Ann Reynolds and  David Young.  

Did you know that the poet Dr. Thomas Chivers is buried here? Dr. Chivers was a doctor who abandoned his medical practice for his poetry and is best known for his strong, but stormy relationship withEdgar Allen Poe. Chivers was perhaps the first American writer to record black language and dialect. He lived in Decatur late in life, and was buried, at his own request, at the foot of his front doorstep before retirement to the Decatur Cemetery.

Mary Gay, famous author of Life of Dixie During the War, has her final resting place in the cemetery. Her book was used as a source for Gone With the Wind. Her home, restored by the DeKalb Junior League, is on West Trinity Street.

Benjamin Swanton was an early Decatur entrepreneur who operated a gristmill, a tannery, a brickyard and a cotton gin. The Swanton House has decatur-geese1been restored and can also be found on West Trinity.

Be sure to bring some bread with you to feed the ducks and geese that enjoy sunning and swimming in the lake.    

 For more information and a brochure with a map of points to visit, stop by the Cemetery Office.

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