A Norcross, Ga., company will be working for the next two weeks at Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street, the potential site of Columbus' original black cemetery.
Brockington and Associates is using ground penetrating radar to help examine the site. “Ground penetrating radar is the ideal technology to use in identifying this type of historic resource,” said Jeff Gardner, Vice President at Brockington and Associates. “It allows us to conduct an intensive survey without disturbing the site itself.”
The company was contacted after city officials uncovered enough information through records and interviews with historians to indicate the location was a designated burial ground for blacks from 1828 to at least 1836 or longer.
“We look forward to learning more about Columbus’s rich history through this investigation,” said City Manager Isaiah Hugley. “It is our hope to preserve this knowledge for future generations.”
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The majority of the property is controlled by Norfolk Southern Railway Company but it also contains an active track operated by the Georgia Southwestern Railroad and a parcel owned by the city of Columbus.