Historical marker unveiled at Fort Hawkins

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."

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.