About 500 people were in attendance today as members of the Fort Hawkins commission unveiled a long-awaited historical marker, which gives a brief history of the fort.
Among the attendees were 400 students from Burdell-Hunt Elementary School, located nearby the fort in East Macon. Students from the school helped lead the pledge of allegiance and sang a medley of patriotic songs.
The sign marked the latest event in what has been a busy bicentennial year for Fort Hawkins, said Marty Willett, chairman of the Fort Hawkins Commission.
"We're supposed to be here promoting the fort," Willett said. "This has been something of a goal we've had for many years. It's been a dream to get a state historical marker. We're so proud that we've been able to fund this ourselves. We wanted to make sure we had the students from Burdell-Hunt here, because we wanted to let them know how historical this neighborhood is. It's one of the most needy neighborhoods in Macon."
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Earlier this year, Fort Hawkins acquired one of the original cannons that was used to defend the garrison. In early October, a team of archeologists from the Lamar Institute in Savannah spent two weeks on the grounds uncovering artifacts and working out the fort's actual dimensions.