City of Columbus Public Works Department
The city of Columbus, located on Georgia's western border, is the county seat of Muscogee County. The city of Columbus owns and maintains four cemeteries. The Public Works department has made databases, directions, and maps for these cemeteries available on the city's website.
• Linwood Cemetery was established in 1828. Among those buried there are John Pemberton, who originated the Coca-Cola formula, and Lizzie Rutherford, who promoted the observance of a national Memorial Day.
• Porterdale Cemetery, established in 1836, was named after the first African American Sexton in Columbus.
• Riverdale Cemetery was established in 1890. (The burial records for all four cemeteries are housed here.)
• East Porterdale Cemetery, established in 1946, is the burial site of many African Americans, including civil rights advocate Primus King.
Click the Cemetery Records Database to access the search page for a consolidated burials database of all four cemeteries. Enter a name or a cemetery name in the search box to begin. The data fields in each record include cemetery name, name of the deceased, date of death/date of birth, father/mother, and burial location. Click the cemetery name to view a detailed record. The data fields in the detailed record are cemetery name, deceased's name, sex, date of death, burial location, cause of death, place of death, date of birth, age, place of birth, mother's name, father's name, vault, undertaker, and remarks. Information in the remarks includes the names of others buried with the deceased and existence of an obituary in the cemetery record.
More information on Linwood Cemetery may be found at linwoodcemetery.org
, which provides a PDF map of the cemetery, lists of notable residents and points of interest, and two burial databases. The first database was drawn from official city records of burials, beginning in October 1866. The data fields for this database include section, lot, last name, first name, and interment. The second database is for Old Cemetery Burial Records (this database does not provide lot or section numbers).