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A $4,000 cemetery-mapping project recently revealed 84 unmarked graves in Buckhead’s Chastain Park. Park Conservancy Operations Director Ray Mock spearheaded the campaign to confirm the area was a cemetery.

The graves likely belong to the late residents of almshouses (i.e.charitable housing) from the early 20th century. Poor white Atlantans lived in almshouses that occupied what is now The Galloway School, while blacks lived at the site of present-day Chastain Arts Center.

So far, only one grave has been identified, but the goal is to find the names of the deceased, contact the families and install a plaque at the site.

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