Cemeteries are a window to the past and can help communities understand more about themselve and thanks to a Citizens of Georgia Power Legacy Grant, two high-priority projects at Old Clarkesville Cemetery will happen.
Through the $9,075 grant, the cemetery soon will have white iron crosses marking more than 250 unmarked graves and a mobile app to guide and educate visitors.
“We are honored and grateful to Georgia Power for making this funding available to continue fulfilling our mission to restore and preserve this historic landmark,” said E. Lane Gresham, chair of the Historic Clarkesville Cemetery Preservation Inc. “These two projects mark a significant milestone in our work plan.”
Georgia Power Area Manager Brent Edwards said the grant is another way Georgia Power supports community projects. Edwards said these two projects will help the community better understand the importance of the history of Clarkesville and Northeast Georgia.
There are a number of notable people buried in Old Clarkesville Cemetery, including U.S. Congressman and former Georgia Attorney General Richard Habersham, nephew of Congressman John Habersham and Postmaster General Joseph Habersham.
“The community support for restoring and preserving the Old Clarkesville Cemetery has been amazing,” Edwards said. “We are so excited for the opportunity to show our participation and support through the Citizens of Georgia Power Legacy project. It’s an honor to support such an important, historical and cultural landmark while living up to our company’s motto as being ‘A Citizen Wherever We Serve.’”
Edwards said the Citizens of Georgia Power group will help install the crosses.
For more information about the Old Clarkesville Cemetery, visit www.oldclarkesvillecemetery.com