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Archaeological Excavation May Uncover Harlem District History

Post Date:07/27/2020 12:16 PM

Albany, GA – As part of the new transportation center project process, an archaeological excavation is underway to preserve the history within the Albany Freedom Historic District, which includes the Harlem District. The site location has been occupied since the nineteenth century. The excavations will focus on the residential portion of the site that was inhabited by African Americans during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

During the excavations, a Facebook page dedicated to the project will provide updates on interesting finds and new information. You can visit the Facebook page at Archaeology at the Albany Transportation Center. After the fieldwork, analysis, and reporting are complete, a public website will present the findings and conclusions.

New South Associates has been hired by Niles Bolton Associates, City’s new transportation center design contractor, to conduct archaeological excavations at a commercial and residential site in the downtown area. They are looking forward to what the project can tell about African American life in Albany. They are seeking to interview current and former residents of the neighborhood for information on the community and residential living – please contact Velma Fann, Historian, if you wish to be interviewed, at 770.498.4155 ext. 126.

This project receives funding from the Federal Transit Administration, and we appreciate the efforts of all the project participants and the Georgia Department of Transportation for helping to bring this project to life.

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