The morning sun never touches those long forgotten graves, save where the beaten path has laid the long grass and undergrowth. The tombs marked with stones, graved with the loved one's name, are the haunt of the hunted thief, the loafer and the tramp. The wild creepers have twined themselves around the broken shaft and they, too, hang dead and swaying in the winter wind. It is a wilderness, a ruined necropolis, the habitation only of dogs and vermin, the waste land in the slums of a city.
Unfortunately, soon after the city council's decision, an injunction was issued disallowing the city the ability to remove any of the remains. Subsequent articles in the years of 1893, 1907, and 1919 suggest a removal of remains never took place. That is, save one mention. Oddly enough, it is in an article dated 1881. This, of course, is about ten years before the city council decision. From the Georgia Weekly Telegraph, Journal & Messenger (describing Rose Hill Cemetery): "This celebrated burial place was laid out in 1840, and to it were transferred most of the remains then interred in the old cemetery just below the city."
At the very least, it is difficult to say exactly how many burials are still in the Old City Cemetery, but I wager it is more than meets the eye. Another 1891 article offers this conjecture: "There are many thus, both male and female, whose bones lie in that neglected graveyard. The record book, on which was entered every burial, has long ago been lost or destroyed. It is estimated that there are more than one hundred bodies of the white population interred there whose graves cannot be identified."
separate page on the Southern Graves website for Macon's Old City Cemetery. I have transcribed old news articles and compiled a listing of close to 60 documented burials, also linking to several transcribed obituaries.
If you have information about the cemetery, especially any additional burials (even those removed to Rose Hill), I hope you will consider sharing by either commenting here or emailing me. Addresses are located in the footer of this page.