COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — A small group is combating to protect a part of the African American heritage in Newnan is protesting the development of a park which may be on high of historic grave websites.
Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach was in Coweta County Monday, the place building is nearly full on the newly renovated C. Jay Smith Park.
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Throughout the road from the county’s African American Heritage Museum, the historic Farmer Road Cemetery is tucked right into a wooded space.
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Marked solely by pipes and flags, the 4 acres are the ultimate resting place for African Individuals, each free and slaves, relationship again 20 years in Newnan.
Surveys and radar scans discovered as much as 250 gravesites.
“The remainder of the land again up into right here, that was the cemetery,” Render Godfrey stated. “They’re coming into an space that was generally known as a cemetery, desecrating it, destroying it, and saying, ‘It’s okay.’ It’s not okay.”
The group protesting on Monday stated historic information presumably present that the cemetery is definitely three or 4 occasions bigger.
We suspect that the rest of 12 (acres) could also be a part of the unique cemetery,” a lady on the protest stated.
That land is now being redeveloped as a part of the renovation of C. Jay Smith Park that sits subsequent to the Farmer Road Cemetery. The town is including parking, playgrounds, a splash pad and an enormous new skate park.
The a part of the cemetery that’s recognized will stay untouched, however these gathering to protest stated the cemetery really extends down into the brand new park.
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Protesters are upset the African American and descendent neighborhood was by no means consulted, by no means gave enter and that bulletins had been by no means posted.
Ayisat Idris-Hosch with the Newnan African American Alliance stated the town didn’t even seek the advice of the native chapter of the NAACP.
“I’ve requested everybody. I’ve knocked on doorways,” Idris-Hosch stated. “I’ve requested the NAACP. I’ve requested different organizations inside this neighborhood and no. We weren’t consulted about what was happening.”
However a press release despatched to Gehlbach reads:
“The town held public participation occasions via preliminary idea conferences, stakeholder conferences, neighborhood enter classes and surveys. These types of public participation allowed residents, native enterprise house owners and curiosity teams to share their suggestions and enter with metropolis officers surrounding the venture.”
Gehlbach checked again with the town Monday. Officers stated that because the begin of building on the park virtually two years in the past, no human stays have been uncovered or disturbed.
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