WATCH: Red Hill Prison Cemetery group using creative techniques to ID unmarked graves


Not even the heat of the Middle Georgia summer has stopped the volunteers of the Red Hill Prison Cemetery group from its work.

The group currently is attempting to locate and archive a number of unmarked graves, anywhere "from a thousand to 2,000," according to Edwin Atkins, lead volunteer.

Metal detectors, cadaver dogs and other creative resources have been utilized in the project.

"These were people who were thrown in the woods during the Jim Crow era," said Atkins, whose grandfather was a chaplain at the old state prison, which sat near the Walter B. Williams Jr. Park gymnasium and ballfields. "They were prisoners, but they were human beings, too...The dead deserve dignity in death, regardless of what they did in life. The dead cannot speak for themselves, so we are speaking for them."

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