The key to understanding our present, our future, and our place in history is to study the past. For a fascinating picture of the colorful characters and events that are at the heart of Thomasville, it’s a wonderful time to visit the city’s historic cemeteries. The Old Cemetery and The Flipper Cemetery are located near downtown Thomasville, and a stroll among the memorials and headstones yields a wealth of information about the rich history of this place.
The Old Cemetery
The earliest date found on a grave site in The Old Cemetery is 1842, and the grounds are the final resting place of many Confederate soldiers. It’s also the burial site of Peter Early Love, a lawyer and Georgia solicitor general who also was elected to the United States Congress in 1859. Love is interred at the cemetery along with his wife, two daughters, and a son who died in infancy.
The Flipper Cemetery
Also known as the Old Magnolia Cemetery, The Flipper Cemetery underwent a refresh five years ago to repair walls, fallen headstones, and sunken grave sites. Among its notable memorials is one to Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African American to graduate from West Point (in 1877) and take a command position in the army. He was dishonorably discharged, but the decision was clouded by controversy, and he ultimately was reburied at Flipper Cemetery with full military honors.
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