ATHENS, Ga. — A University of Georgia student group is working to clean up Athens’ historic Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports Friends of Gospel Pilgrim has scheduled a clean-up day Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are welcome and tools will be provided.

Founded in 1882, the cemetery contains the graves of some of Athens’ most notable African-American citizens, including quilter Harriet Powers and the city’s first African-American legislators.

A community-wide effort removed much of the litter and invasive life from Gospel Pilgrim several years ago, but since then, tough, invasive plants such as privet have crept back in.

Volunteers will also return Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and Oct. 11 for clean-up days.

For more information, see the Facebook page Friends of Gospel Pilgrim or email

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

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