In 1865, the year the Civil War ended, the population of Columbus was 6,000. By 1870 with the emancipation of slaves, that number had ballooned to 9,000. Most of those freed slaves settled in Sandfield, an area sandwiched between the Frisco Railroad (21st Street) and 25th Street and bordered on the north by Highway 182. The most prominent feature of the district is the cemetery that bears the same name.
Several notable African-Americans are buried there, among them Robert Gleed Sr., a state legislator and activist, and W.I. Mitchell, the first black principal in Columbus.
African American Heritage Driving Tour of Lowndes County