Preserving Our Past. Guarding Our Future.
Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery
The historic Brooklyn Cemetery was established by the Bethlehem Cemetery Society in 1882. It is the final resting place for many African Americans from Athens and surrounding communities. The people buried here were tradesmen of the period, farmers, preachers, teachers, and professionals in the service industry. They were servicemen, including veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean Conflict. They were mothers, fathers, infants, and children.... they are the shoulders on which we stand. We honor their memory by restoring a serene dignity to this sacred ground, their final resting place.
Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery, with the help of hundreds of volunteers over the years, has worked to restore the landscape by removing invasive plants, fallen trees, and uncovering, marking, and tagging graves that had been covered by time and nature.