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Rehovia Church Cemetery tour Saturday
Launching the “If These Cemeteries Could Talk” series in February, Dr. Alvin Jackson, right, leads a tour of the Old Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, The tour will visit its 10th cemetery this Saturday, Oct. 12, at Rehovia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery - photo by AL HACKLE/file

The “If These Cemeteries Could Talk” tour series planned by the Willow Hill Heritage & Renaissance Center will visit its 10th cemetery this Saturday, Oct. 12, Rehovia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Participants will meet at the historic Willow Hill School, 4235 Willow Hill Road, near Portal, at 8 a.m. and travel to the Rehovia Church, at 609 Rehovia Church Road, Portal, for a tour led by oral historian Dr. Alvin D. Jackson. The graves of former slaves will be identified and honored by the “calling of their names.”

The Rehovia Missionary Baptist Church was founded July 11, 1893.

This tour series, launched last February, is intended to visit and honor all 35 known African American cemeteries in Bulloch County, expounding upon the people of each. Tours are held one Saturday each month, sometimes visiting more than one cemetery. 

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