The Decatur City Cemetery is a historic Decatur landmark containing 10,000 graves, the earliest dating back to 1851. Under the care of the Decatur City Cemetery Association from 1897 until 1979, it is now managed and maintained by Decatur Parks and Recreation.
The Decatur City Cemetery Legacy Society formed in 2016 with a vision to restore the site to honor the deceased and their memories in a serene and gracious space. Endowments from the Baker Foundation are intended to restore the 50-acre cemetery to enhance and preserve it for generations to come. The Baker Foundation donated the grand entrances in memory of Marjorie and Raymon Baker.
Notable historic features of the cemetery are the Yellow Fever Memorial, Civil War Burial Sites and Chapel, Brown Circle, Sterrs Cemetery, the graves of Maria Ford (oldest known grave) O.C. Ludwig (most prominent citizen) and legendary Bank Street brothel madam “Miss Kate.”
The Legacy Society will adorn select graves and entrances with live wreaths for a reverential, yet festive, atmosphere for the 2020 Historic Decatur Christmas Tour outdoor portion.