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Our cleanups have succeeded in cutting down most of the brush and small trees in the cemetery. Now it is time to start cleaning up the burial plots themselves. We are asking those individuals that are interested in making Sylvester Cemetery beautiful again to adopt a plot (or two) as their own for seasonal maintenance. Many of the plots at the cemetery contain graves of families that are no longer able to do the physical work of weeding, trimming, raking, bagging, and planting. And some families have moved away from the Atlanta area or have died out entirely so their sites need to have someone to look after them.
Adopting a Plot means that you make a commitment to clean up a cemetery plot by removing debris (including weeds, trash, vines, etc.) and to keep it clean by checking the site every month or so during the growing season. Some of the plot sites are in relatively good condition and will take only a minimum of work to keep them that way. Other plots have become totally overgrown by vines, weeds and trees and would require a person in good physical condition to reclaim the site. If you are a person who has an interest in history and/or just want to make a contribution of your time and talent to cleaning up this small part of the East Atlanta community, please contact Dennis Taylor at
If you want to help in this civic effort but don’t have the time or physical ability to do the work, you can contribute a tax-deductible donation to the Sylvester Cemetery Foundation. Instructions are in the “Make a Donation” section on the Homepage of this website. The money will be used to buy granite chips, pea gravel, plants and other landscape products that are needed in restoring walkways and beautifying gravesites as they are cleaned by volunteers.
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