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Urban Mediamakers Announces Docuseries “Dignity in Rest”: The Story of South-View Cemetery in Atlanta | Jean Alon Media


 



Atlanta, Georgia - Urban Mediamakers is delighted to announce the docuseries, "Dignity in Rest," which explores the story of South-View Cemetery and the African American experience in Atlanta, Georgia. Produced and directed by Atlanta native Cheryle Renee Moses, "Dignity in Rest" sheds light on the historical significance of South-View and the remarkable individuals interred there. Offering insights from 1886 to present day, the project is currently in pre-production and fundraising stages. “Dignity in Rest” docuseries is set to be completed in early 2025.


South-View Cemetery holds a rich history deeply rooted in the post-Civil War era and the Reconstruction period. Established in 1886 by a group of courageous, formerly enslaved African American businessmen, the cemetery was created as a dignified resting place for their loved ones. The founders, including Jacob McKinley, George W. Graham, Robert Grant, Charles H. Morgan, John Render, and Albert Watts, petitioned the State of Georgia for a charter, which was granted in Atlanta that same year.


Being the oldest African American non-profit corporation in the United States, South-View Cemetery serves as the final resting place for over 80,000 African Americans, including individuals who have made significant contributions to American history, the struggle for freedom, and the pursuit of equity and justice. Among the notable African American figures interred at South-View Cemetery are scholars, business owners, pastors, educators, military heroes, doctors, nurses, musicians, athletes, politicians, and civil rights activists. South-View Cemetery is literally the who’s who of Atlanta’s African Americans.


With its historical significance and the notable individuals interred there, the story of South-View Cemetery provides a profound window into the ongoing African American experience in Atlanta and the country. Moses emphasizes, "Dignity in Rest" is a powerful story that showcases African American resilience, ingenuity, community building, and the pursuit of respect in the face of ongoing adversity. It is a story that must be told."


The filmmaker plans to reside at South-View Cemetery, where members of her extended family are interred, and is working closely with the management on the project. Additionally, 15% of the project's profits will be donated to the South-View Cemetery Foundation.


The Urban Mediamakers production team for “Dignity in Rest” will be hosting the South-View Legacy Reunion: Celebrating Generations for Mother's Day, May 10 and 11, 2024, and for Father's Day, June 15, 2024, at the cemetery. During the reunion, relatives of those resting at South-View Cemetery will have an opportunity to speak with the producers about their loved ones. Refreshments will be provided at each of the events. 

    

For more information on the “Dignity in Rest” docuseries, fundraising and upcoming events, visit www.dignityinrest.com.


About the Organization

Urban Mediamakers is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, charitable organization headquartered in metro-Atlanta, Georgia. The organization promotes production, exhibition, and training of diverse creatives in various forms of artistic expression and content creation. Annually, Urban Mediamakers hosts the international Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF). This year the festival will celebration their 23rd edition October 14-27, 2024, throughout Gwinnett County and metro-Atlanta, Georgia. Visit www.umff.com. 


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