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.
We volunteer on an ongoing basis at the cemetery. Once you sign-up, a service ambassador (ServeUGA site leader) will be in touch with you with more information about what to expect.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact any of the following service ambassadors:
Uzochi Agbanelo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Farrell: email@example.com
Nikita Shah: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Georgia is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Department of Engagement, Leadership, & Service via phone at 706-542-6396 or email at email@example.com with specific requests.
All participants will be required to abide by the University's requirement of face masks and social distance practicing while on campus. When serving in the community, participants will be required to abide by any safety policies established by state and local officials and health leaders, as well as policies the community partners put in place. Failure to abide by these policies could result in being asked to leave your service site.
This status of this event is subject to change based off any new of state, local, and university policies and protocols that occur leading up to the event.
This site will involve work outside, so please wear sneakers and clothes you won’t mind getting a little dirty. Additionally, please bring your own water bottle full of water.