Bibb County grave relocation earns national award for state DOT

lfabian@macon.comMarch 26, 2013 

The Georgia Department of Transportation is earning national recognition for its work researching and relocating an old south Bibb County cemetery.

The Federal Highway Administration presented the Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives Award in recognition of the Transportation Department’s efforts to locate the abandoned graves, research those interred and connect them to their descendants through DNA testing, according to a Georgia DOT news release.

The DOT did not know about the graves off Avondale Mill Road until the public comment period for the Sardis Church Road extension, said Eric Duff, cultural resources section chief for the DOT.

“There were no visible surface expressions that there was a cemetery,” said Duff, who did not work on the Bibb County project.

Duff said the Macon project was chosen from “the best of the best” of national transportation projects in a highly competitive process that recognizes leaders in cultural preservation.

“It’s very rewarding,” he said.

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