A Trail of Tears sign is paid for by the county in which the Trail flows. This one, posted on
Landfill issues growing
American Indian artifacts found in landfill, but where are they now?
In a recent presentation to the Dawson County community, it was shared that American Indian artifacts were found during the preliminary steps of the development of Eagle Point Landfill in 1996. The question remains, “where are they now’?
According to Leslie Barker Thomas, president of the Georgia chapter of Trail of Tears Association, an American Indian mound was destroyed in order to build the landfill.
“They [the mounds] were not burial sites,” Thomas indicated. “They were elevations to make the chief higher than his subjects.”
The mounds are deemed historic sites and, according to Thomas, Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division has a record of the locations of all 600 of them and did nothing to stop the land disturbance.
Thomas, who has also been a historical research coordinator for the Trail of Tears Association for eighteen years, was at the Dawson County library last month to discuss the Trail of Tears in north Georgia.
Documents provided to Smoke Signals show that a 1996 archaeological investigation was conducted by Environmental Services, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, on a then-undeveloped tract of approximately 500 acres and resulted in the “recording of 21 archaeological sites and 7 isolated prehistoric artifact occurrences” within the area. Several of the sites are “considered potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places” the findings stated. The report goes on to state that “additional archaeological work at these sites is recommended to determine their National Register eligibility status if they are to be threatened for any reason in the future.” Additionally, a 19th-20th century cemetery was located on an adjacent tract.
Dates to Remember
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will vote on the zoning of the methane gas plant (Clean Eagle, RNG) at the regular meeting August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. at the Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E. Main Street, Cumming, Georgia. Commissioners have not agreed to a recent request for an environmental impact study to be made prior to the vote.
Eagle's Beak Park will have ribbon cutting ceremony on August 7th at 10:30 a.m.
The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of natural Resources has agreed to a public meeting on August 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of North Forsyth High School, 365 Coal Mountain Drive, Cumming, Georgia. Residents of all impacted counties—Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, and Cobb—are welcome to attend. The meeting is designed to allow citizens to voice their opposition to the expansion of the landfill.
More information regarding the opposition of the proposed landfill expansion can be found at the "Stop Trashing Forsyth & The Etowah" Facebook page.