Gilbert Memorial Cemetery GPS 33 40.878N 84 23.971W
This cemetery is located at the exit of Cleveland Ave. and I-75 South in Fulton County. The State
Historical Marker reads as follows:
This monument marks the site of the Gilbert Cemetery, originally a one acre plot set aside by Jerimiah
S. Gilbert for burials. He acquired the land in 1861 from his father. Throughout the nineteenth and
early twentieth century’s use of these grounds expanded to provide burial for members of various
churches and fraternal lodges of the neighboring black community. These included the Sterling
Chapel (founded in 1885 and later merged with Dodd United Methodist Church in 1973, Union Baptist
Church, to form the Dodd-Sterling United Methodist Church), Travelers Rest Baptist Church, Union
Baptist Church, and the Queen of the South Lodge Free and accepted Masons.
This memorial is dedicated to the memory of those individuals, known and unknown, here interred.
Among those buried here, identified the family, friends and private records are those whose names
are listed on the central monument. Pastors who are known to have participated in Services at Gilbert
Cemetery include; A.M. Bridges; J.B. Greer; C.J.J. Johnson, D.D.: J.F. Shumake; B.B. Carter; T.W.
Hobbs; E.D. Lumpkin; C.S. Stinson; R. Wilborn.
The Gilbert Cemetery was destroyed by unknown persons in the late 1950’s. The Memorial Cemetery
has been made possible through efforts of concerned local residents, local clergy, the Fulton County
Superior Court, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and
others, so those laid to rest here would not be forgotten.