—Linda Muszynski-Compton, Atlanta
A: Mt. Olive Cemetery has been at the center of a battle between a developer and the Buckhead Heritage Society for years. Erica Danylchak, the society's executive director, told me that it has been trying to preserve the area and keep Stone Mountain developer Brandon Marshall of Community Renewal LLC from removing the bodies from the cemetery, which is all that remains from a black community called Macedonia Park that was founded by former slaves after the Civil War. Fulton County Superior Court declared Mt. Olive a public cemetery and barred Marshall from removing the graves in the fall of 2010 after a lawsuit from a descendent of some of the people buried there. The society has organized volunteers to clean up the cemetery and continues to keep an eye on the property. Macedonia Park was a thriving black community with about 400 residents and several shops and restaurants. But in the 1940s, Fulton County began removing residents and condemning properties for land to build Bagley Park, which was the home of Buckhead Baseball for years. Bagley Park was renamed after Frankie Allen, a popular umpire, in 1980. The cemetery contains between 45 and 100 marked and unmarked graves and Marshall has told the AJC that moving the remains to a "more proper" location would show respect to those buried there.