By Jean Ross

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A University of Georgia landscape architecture class is trying to help preserve one of Athens’ historic black cemeteries.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports ( that 10 students in the graduate-level Community in Place class met recently with the Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery. The cemetery group has been working to clean up and preserve Brooklyn Cemetery.

Linda Davis, a member of Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery, says it holds more than 1,000 graves, many of them the final resting places of janitors, maids and other working-class people.

The students are helping to develop a long-term plan for the cemetery. Davis says a formal, written plan would give the group something concrete to show potential granting agencies or donors who might help them turn the cemetery into a place that honors Athens’ black heritage.



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