JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Civil rights activists marched Tuesday
night to protest the transfer of a grave site they believe includes
the resting place of former slaves.
County and state chapters of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People joined other activists in front of
the Historic Clayton County Courthouse.
NAACP officials have battled the Clayton County Board of
Commissioners over a decision to let a rock-and-recycling landfill
transfer the historic Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal
Church Cemetery, near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport. The graves, which sit on landfill property, would be moved
to Carver Memorial Gardens.
After the march, about 25 people addressed the county commission
and asked them to overturn the decision.
Protestors say commissioners have gotten campaign donations from
John D. Stephens, the landfill's owner.