Section 6

About Section 6
Section 6 is the historical African American section of the old part of the Decatur Cemetery, located in DeKalb County Georgia.

The purpose of this space is to share the names and stories, when available, of the people buried in Section 6.

Section 6 has fallen into disrepair over time and the majority of grave markers have disappeared, are broken, or are otherwise unreadable. Through consulting a combination of limited cemetery records, obituaries, and grave markers, both now lost and still in existence, it is estimated that there are over 900 people buried in Section 6. Three funeral homes, Cox Brothers, Haugabrooks, and Tyler served African Americans in Decatur for generations and many of the gravestones bear their names.

The landscape of Decatur has changed since its incorporation in 1823, and the physical remnants of the historically African American sections of the city have almost entirely disappeared. However, through researching the lives of those who are buried in Section 6, we may keep the legacies of these early Decatur African Americans alive in public memory.