George Miller, Faithful Servant, Charlotte
The marker to George Miller is a short lectern shaped block of granite on a single granite base. Inscriptions appear on the top and front. This is one of the few marked graves in the African- American section of Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery. Most had been marked with wooden stakes or plaques that have not survived.
Marker top: IN MEMORY OF / GEORGE MILLER
Marker front: DIED JULY 27, 1925 / AGE ABOUT 75 YEARS. / A SLAVE AND ALL OF HIS LIFE / A LOYAL AND FAITHFUL / SERVANT OF / R.M. MILLER, SR. / THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED / TO HIS MEMORY BY / R.M. MILLER, JR.
Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery, City of Charlotte
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R.M. Miller, Jr.
The original Elmwood Cemetery complex comprised of three separate burial grounds: Elmwood Cemetery plots were available to white citizens only; Pinewood Cemetery plots were available only to paying African Americans; and Potter’s Field used exclusively for the burial of white citizens who could not afford to purchase a plot. Potter’s Field was within the boundaries of all-white Elmwood Cemetery, but Pinewood Cemetery was designed as a completely separate burial ground. No roads connected the two and entrance to Pinewood’s unpaved roads was from 9th Street. During the 1930’s era of Jim Crow, a fence was erected between the two to further define their segregated status.
The Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery was the center of a civil rights controversy in the late 1960’s. Fred Alexander, the first African American on the Charlotte city council, spearheaded a successful campaign to bring down the chain link fence that separated all-white Elmwood Cemetery from all-black Pinewood Cemetery.
The Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery is located on the 700 block of West 6th Street in Charlotte, NC.
The marker stands in an open cemetery lawn with very few marked graves.