Local activists say hundreds of “missing African American graves”

CLAYTON DISTRICT, GA (CBS46) – Metro Atlanta families say plots of land are missing after a reburial project scheduled to be completed six years ago.

Along the West Lee Mill Road is the private Luck Stone Quarry. Part of his property was once home to black burials for a century, the Rev. Joseph Wheeler recalls.

“It was the church and the cemetery of Union Bethel AME,” he told the plant. Adding, “even dates back to 1850, yes.”

Wheeler says the enslaved families were also among nearly 1,000 cemetery plots at the time. But now 343 of them are at the center of new monthly protests.

The head of the Clayton and Henry County National Action Network (NAN) accuses property owners of failing to implement a plan to move all burials 10 minutes to Carver Memorial Gardens.

“History matters, family matters, to pass on the knowledge and heritage of your people to your children, to your grandchildren, our cemeteries are important,” said Wheeler, who is also vice president of the local branch of NAN.

Project officials have confirmed in previous years that it will take place in stages from 2009 to 2016.

In addition, the process ended with the placement of the bench and the slab in their honor. But Wheeler claims that to date, families have requested but received no evidence of the 343 remains that were reburied there.

“To desecrate graves and not realize it is to pour salt into the wound.

NAN plans to take legal action, claiming that the leadership has remained silent. CBS46 made numerous attempts on Friday to comment with company management and the Carver Memorial office. But we are still awaiting an official statement.

“We will protest every month until we meet with them or take other action,” Wheeler said.

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