A University of Georgia student group is working to clean up Athens’ historic Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery.
The group, Friends of Gospel Pilgrim, has scheduled a clean-up day this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the cemetery off Fourth Street.
Founded in 1882, the historic cemetery contains the graves of some of Athens’ most notable African-American citizens, including quilter Harriet Powers and the city’s first African-American legislators.
A community-wide effort removed much of the litter and invasive life from Gospel Pilgrim several years ago, but since then, tough, invasive plants such as privet have crept back in.
Volunteers are welcome at Saturday’s clean-up and tools will be provided. Volunteers will also return Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and Oct. 11 for clean-up days.
For more information, see the Facebook page Friends of Gospel Pilgrim or email email@example.com.