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VIDEO: Tolbert Street Cemetery Dedicated Following Revitalization Project

Cemetery with one hundred plus unmarked graves located on County property

 A dedication ceremony was held Monday, May 2, for a cemetery located at 351 Tolbert St. following a recent Leadership Forsyth revitalization project of the property that contains unmarked and marked graves. For pictures and video from the ceremony, please click here. To hear the FoCo 15 podcast that provides more in-depth background on how the project came to be, listen below.

The ceremony featured remarks made by retired Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Othal Lakey, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chairman Alfred John and members of the Leadership Forsyth Class of 2022 that provided the revitalization.

The restoration of the cemetery features various public amenities including a walkway through the site, maintained landscaping, benches, parking and signage with historical information on the property for those wishing to visit the cemetery. Funding and materials for site improvements were provided by community partners and Leadership Forsyth.

“So many people contributed to this process. The time, the materials, the resources, it’s just been incredible,” said Chairman John. “To everyone involved, thank you for helping us preserve this cemetery and the legacy of those buried here.”

As part of the revitalization project, Leadership Forsyth researched deed records on the property to determine historical information about the cemetery.

“We became curious as we started cleaning the property and began researching deed records at the County Courthouse that traced the land back to the Colored Methodist Church of Cumming, deeded in 1871, with headstones dating back to the late 1800’s,” said Leadership Forsyth class member Kathy Hines.

More information on the project and the history of the cemetery can be found by listening to the latest FoCo 15 podcast, the County’s official audio podcast. Additional information on the project can also be found by visiting the Leadership Forsyth website.

The cemetery property is located adjacent to the Tolbert Street Recycling Center and is owned by Forsyth County and will be maintained by County Public Facilities.

“The County was thrilled that Leadership Forsyth wanted to provide this restoration project for this site as well as discover the history of the property,” said County Manager Kevin Tanner. “We are honored to preserve the cemetery and honor those buried there.”

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