Black families used south Bibb County cemetery beyond slavery era, DOT finds

It’s perhaps a little ironic that history is coming alive at a graveyard. In south Bibb County near the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, archaeologists have been working since April on behalf of the Georgia Department of Transportation to uncover a cemetery of unmarked graves. Originally, it was thought that the cemetery served as the final resting place only for the slaves who worked on the McArthur family plantation. But Hugh Matternes, a mortuary archaeologist for New South Associates, pointed to recent evidence found at the grave sites — including bits of pottery and a metal coffin handle — that indicate that black families continued to use the site as a burial plot once slaves were freed. Read More

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