Project 24: Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery

Project Statement

This project will assist in the restoration and preservation of the abandoned historic African-American cemetery on Fourth Street. This project is envisioned to include restoration of vehicle roadways, pedestrian footpaths, streetscape improvements, sidewalks, and informational/educational kiosk, etc.

Project Update

Project 24 provided for the restoration of Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery, establishing vehicular pathways and pedestrian paths. Benches were installed along pathways. Kiosks with informational signage and the information for a self-guided tour were installed at the front of the cemetery. Public sidewalks around the cemetery were also improved upon to provide better access to the cemetery.

On May 15, 2009, the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County was presented an Excellence in Rehabilitation Award for the Project by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation; and on June 8, 2009 the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County was presented an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Project by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.

Key Project Statistics

  • Designer: The Jaeger Company
  • Contractor: DSI Construction Group
  • Sponsor: EADC
  • Project Manager: Derek Doster
  • Original SPLOST Budget: $350,170
  • Amended Budget: $306,476
  • Total Cost: $306,476
  • Completion Date: October 2008