|Age Limit||18 and up|
Hidden in the woods behind Clarke Middle School in Athens, Georgia is a portal to another time. Concealed by vines and brambles, Brooklyn Cemetery is an African American cemetery which was used primarily from the 1880s to the 1990s. Those who were laid to rest here mostly lived in the Brooklyn/Hawthorne area of Athens. Nature and time have laid claim to much of the cemetery; some tombstones have fallen and are covered with ivy, other graves are completely unmarked.
The purpose of this service project is to not only educate participants of the historical significance of the cemetery but to also aid in the ongoing beautification, preservation, and research of a once lost landmark of the African American community in Athens, Georgia. Volunteers will work to remove overgrowth, fallen limbs, and underbrush from the grave sites. They will also hear stories from community members who were influential in Athens during the Civil Rights Movement and other racial justice initiatives throughout the years.
Saturday, February 6
Wednesday, February 17
Bring your water bottle
|Parking Details||Staff will meet volunteers in the Clarke Middle School parking lot.|
If you cannot provide your own transportation to Clarke Middle, please email CharlotteBrown@uga.edu at least 24 hours in advance of the event. A limited amount of transportation will be provided from Tate Student Center.
|Causes||Community Race & Ethnicity|
27 Positions Filled | 21 Impacts | 47 Hours