UPDATE on Macedonia Cemetery Activities
September - December 2021

Our Thanks to:

  • The City of Johns Creek, now the owner of the Macedonia Cemetery property.
  • Kirk Canaday, Johns Creek Historical Society Board member, Chair of the Macedonia Committee, working with the City and others to protect and preserve the site.
  • Historical Society president Joan Compton and Historical Society member Carla Carter, primary researchers of those buried at the site, their lives, and the history of the property.
  • Community members, lending their time and expertise to Macedonia Cemetery projects
  • and those who have attended programs to learn about this small, but important, historic African-American cemetery.

Recent Volunteer and Program Activities at Macedonia Cemetery

Student Leadership Film Interviews at Macedonia

September 11, 2021: Student Leadership Johns Creek students had the opportunity to interview experts in history and preservation as part of their documentary film project. Pictured below are Chattahoochee High School students interviewing Emily Cobb, Education Outreach Manager at the Atlanta History Center. Students from Northview and Johns Creek High Schools also interviewed Ashley Shares, Preservationist of Oakland Cemetery; Dr. Jennifer Dickey, Professor of History at Kennesaw State University; Dr. Kenja McCray, Associate Professor of History at Atlanta Metropolitan State College and Georgia Tech; and Madyun Shahid, descendant of April Waters. Centennial High School students are filming and editing all four documentaries. The students' films will be screened for the public in January and February 2022.

This project is funded by a Georgia Humanities grant in collaboration with Mercer University Tift College of Education, Student Leadership Johns Creek, and the Johns Creek Historical Society.

Cleanup Day at Macedonia Cemetery

October 24, 2021: As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Macy McKenzie organized this cleanup of community members to clear the thick layer of pinestraw and debris from an area of the cemetery. Madyun Shahid (center, in red shirt), a descendant of April Waters, helped with the cleanup and presented the Johns Creek Historical Society with a donation of $500 from the Waters family to go toward Macy's grave marker project. Our thanks to all who helped with the cleanup and to the Waters family for their generous donation.


Macedonia Program for 7th and 8th Graders of the Jack and Jill Greater North Atlanta Chapter

November 13, 2021: It was a pleasure to have this group of African American seventh and eighth graders from Johns Creek and Alpharetta schools visit the cemetery. The students were attentive and asked surprisingly detailed questions, previously unaware of the cemetery's existence and history. The program started with an icebreaker activity followed by a brief history tour, and ended with group participation on what they had learned.
Our thanks to the Jack and Jill chapter for their generous $350 donation to the Johns Creek Historical Society for Macedonia Cemetery projects.

Cemetery Tour

November 24, 2021: Tours are not routinely available at this time; however, a limited number of casual tours are given to partnering community groups, City staff and officials, researchers, others associated with history and cemetery preservation, and individuals wanting to become involved. The guided tour on November 24 was for a large multi-generational family group gathering from out of state for Thanksgiving. It gave them a unique outdoor activity and helped us in designing a future tour format that would interest both local residents and visitors from near and far.

Meeting with Dr. Henderson and members of the Atlanta African-American Historical & Genealogical Society

December 2, 2021: We were honored to have a group experienced in African-American genealogy, cemetery preservation, and research into African-American Methodist churches meet with Kirk Canaday, Nicole Washington, and Joan Compton at the cemetery in early December. The purpose was to have them see the cemetery, solicit their expert advice about preservation of the site and grave markers, and to ask for their help in finding records or information about the church that was adjacent to the burial area. Dr. D. L. Henderson (pictured left) is a respected cemetery historian, genealogist, and preservationist, a member of the Historic Oakland Foundation Board of Directors, the Historic South-View Foundation Board of Advisors, lecturer, and author of South-View, An African-American City of the Dead. Her advice about options for preservation, adding additional grave markers, and perspective on the possibilities for the cemetery was particularly useful. The African-American Historical & Genealogical Society is a wonderful resource for all aspects of African-American history and at least one of their visiting members is taking on the challenge of finding information about the church. We thank this group for their interest in Macedonia and look forward to learning more from them in 2022.

Thanks to 2021 donors to the Historical Society for Macedonia Cemetery Projects and Programs

Student Leadership Johns Creek Eduardo Jose Macedo Jr
Greater North Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Holly Reese
Joann Ajlen Madyun Shahid and the Waters Family
Emma Davis Hamilton Stacy Skinner
Edgar (Chip) Jones Nicole Washington