Serve at Brooklyn Cemetery!
|Date||Saturday, April 1st, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (ET)|
|Address||Turn in by Alps Road Elementary School. Follow the road until you reach the parking lot next to the wooded area next to Clarke Middle School back parking lot., 205 Alps Rd, Athens, GA 30606|
|Registration Opens||March 3, 2017 at 9:45pm|
|Registration Closes||April 1, 2017 at 12:00pm or or when space runs out.|
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.