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The Sleepy Side of Guyton An aging cemetery is a place of finality death and ending of life to many people To some people a cemetery is a place to get away from the distractions and noise of everyday life It is a place to go and reflect on past and present events Though the inhabitants cannot audibly speak from the silent graves many heard stories arise Entering the Guyton Cemetery one finds a well-traced path This path has obviously been walked upon many times Many car tracks bicycle tire prints and footprints line the dark sandy path Many small smooth pebbles lie scattered throughout and weeds grow in between The long dirt road winds continuously throughout the entire cemetery dividing it into sections There are many stories here and some are lost forever The very first section of this cemetery is a place where the African Americans are buried In this old cemetery blacks and whites are not buried amongst each other but in separate sections There is an old rusted iron fence which separates the burial grounds of these two races If one follows the worn path through the first section silk flowers cracked urns and broken tombstones meet the wondering eyes Some of the graves are old and weather and time have slowly erased the legibility of the precious carved words It is believed that these old graves are inhabited by the remains of the slaves who lived in the eighteen hundreds Many descendants of these slaves visit the graves and mourn the unjust treatment that was given to their ancestors As one follows the path a stone vault and newer graves soon appear The pathway then twists to the burial grounds of the unknown Confederate soldiers Twenty-six of the Confederate unknown are buried here These soldiers died in the Guyton General Hospital during the Civil War Many soldiers never returned home from the Civil War Many wives were widowed
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