LaGRANGE — The Confederate cemetery on West Mulberry Street has been renamed and will undergo upgrades following action by LaGrange City Council last week.
The historic cemetery will be named Mulberry Street Cemeteries and will include two sites. The first site will be the Confederate cemetery, and the second will honor Horace King, a renowned 19th century bridge builder and freed slave. The property also includes about 400 other graves of unknown individuals. An obelisk is also slated to be added to King’s grave.
In 2015, the Troup County Historical Society hired a mapping service to use ground-penetrating radar to identify previously unknown grave sites. The historical society and city installed markers on the graves, which are located at the center of each grave site.
The city is slated to perform additional work on the site, improving parking and access to the location and landscaping.
King, the most well known person to be buried in the cemetery, was born in South Carolina in 1807 and died in 1885. He was freed from slavery in 1846.
He was a respected bridge builder in west Georgia, Alabama and northeast Mississippi from the 1830s until the 1880s.
King moved to LaGrange in 1872 and continued to design and construct bridges, stores, houses and college buildings until his death, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Tyler H. Jones is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2155.