Associated Press Release
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has won an award for its study and relocation of a possible slave cemetery near Macon.
The department says it received an Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives Award from the Federal Highway Administration. The award recognizes the department's effort to "improve conditions for human activities while protecting the natural environment."
The department studied and ultimately relocated the Avondale Burial Place, an unmarked graveyard next to a planned highway project in Bibb County. The department says its historical research and analysis suggested the site was a late 19th- or early 20th-century cemetery for black tenant farmer families and, possibly, black slaves.
The department identified living descendants of some of the individuals buried there and re-interred the remains of 101 of them at the nearby Bethel AME Church.