For more than 140 years, children and their needs have been a part of the mission of Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church. From providing for widows and orphans of the Civil War in 1872 to the 1959 founding of its K-12, parish-based Episcopal School (which has grown into the largest in the U.S.), Holy Innocents’ has long served the community by putting children first.
With the completion of the Columbarium and Tower of the Holy Innocents, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church has re-dedicated itself to serving children by honoring the Holy Innocents of Our Day – girls and boys who die as a result of neglect or violence in Georgia.
The 200 burial spaces of the Columbarium are dedicated to children who die at the hands of violence, the literal Holy Innocents of Our Day. Burial in the Columbarium will be given free of charge to children who die by violence.
Rising some 64 feet from the ground, the Tower of the Holy Innocents is the work of Andrew Crawford, a son of this parish who is now an iron sculptor, and Tom Ventulett, our “resident architect.” The Tower houses three bells, providing what is traditionally called a “peal.” One bell is from our original church downtown, tracing its roots back to the late 1800s. The other two bells are from Verdin Bell Company.
The Columbarium and Tower of the Holy Innocents is not a monument. It is a statement of our purpose to make Georgia a holier place for all God’s children. Because columbarium spaces are dedicated to children who die at the hands of violence, the literal Holy Innocents of Our Day, the Tower stands as a sacred statement to the entire metro area that children matter.