Atlanta lawsuit spotlights obscure black community

Ed Daugherty remembers passing the graveled streets, modest homes and painted white church in Macedonia Park as a teenager on his way to school. Now 82, Daugherty is among the dwindling number of Atlantans who still remember the black enclave once nestled in the city's affluent Buckhead neighborhood. The community embodied a bygone but common custom here, typical of many clusters of convenience in the South where black workers lived close to the white families for whom they worked. Read more: Miami Herald … [Read more...]

Granddaughter seeks to save old Ga. black cemetery

A historic cemetery that is the last trace of an African-American community founded by former slaves is at the center of a legal battle between a developer and a woman whose grandparents and uncle are buried there. A lawsuit has been filed in Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of Elon Butts Osby seeking to stop Brandon Marshall from removing Mt. Olive Cemetery, which was once part of Macedonia Park. The area was a black community first settled by former slaves before becoming a formal subdivision in the 1920s. Read more: South Florida Times … [Read more...]