Welcome to the homepage for
the Riverdale-Porterdale Foundation. Our organization is dedicated
helping preserve three Columbus, Georgia, cemeteries: Riverdale,
Porterdale and East Porterdale.
The oldest of these is Porterdale, a large historically
black cemetery. Located on the west side of 10th
Avenue at the intersection of Victory Drive, the oldest marked grave
in this cemetery is dated 1836. In
1946 Porterdale was extended to a field across 10th Avenue; the
extension was called East Porterdale.
Meanwhile, in 1890, concerned about space issues in Linwood
Cemetery, Columbus’s first cemetery,
city fathers had established Riverdale Cemetery. They located it
on the east side of 10th Avenue, at the
Victory Drive intersection, across from Porterdale.
In addition to cemetery preservation, our organization
is interested in promoting an awareness of the
cemeteries’ historical significance and in telling the stories of
some of Columbus' notable citizens who
are buried in these three graveyards.
To carry out our mission, we work closely with the
Government, which has
ownership of the cemeteries. While the City is responsible for administering
the cemeteries and
providing basic maintenance, our foundation works to enhance the
cemeteries through special
beautification projects. We are also working collaboratively with
the City to provide better access to
burial records and other information about the individuals buried
in Riverdale, Porterdale and East
We hope that you will explore our web site to learn
more about these three cemeteries and the people
buried in them. We also hope that you’ll visit in person – to view
some of the artful gravestones,
read the interesting epithets, and experience the beauty and peacefulness
of these three historically-
significant burial grounds.