OD Baggett Park in Athens

On July 12, the Athens City Council approved a resolution to build a memorial wall at O.D. Baggett Park to recognize students who attended Blackshear, Fisher and Bishop Heights schools in Athens.

The Athens City Council has approved a plan to build a memorial wall honoring Black students who had to attend segregated schools in the town.

The wall will be built at at O.D. Baggett Park to recognize students who attended Blackshear, Fisher and Bishop Heights schools in Athens.

A group, Building Athens Together, advocated for the memorial wall, the city of Athens said.

Larry West with Building Athens Together spoke to the council recently on behalf of the group.

“For people that come to our city to be able to recognize that at one time there was a school in our community that was in a segregated format,” he said. “We are asking the council to consider allowing the placement of the wall at O.D. Baggett Park.”

The council approved the request unanimously. Mayor Toni Garrard Clay said the city of Athens appreciates the effort Building Athens Together is putting into the memorial.

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