UGA plans public meeting after human remains found on campus

March 24, 2017 - 7:13 am

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — University of Georgia officials say they plan a public talk about human remains found during a campus construction project, and about the history of slavery at the institution.

Workers on a campus construction project discovered the first of the remains from more than 100 burial sites in late 2015, on land that was once part of Athens' main burial ground. The remains were reinterred at an Athens cemetery.

DNA tests were done on about one-third of the remains, and found the majority were of African descent.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2nuNYlA ) that UGA's actions angered some in Athens' black community, who asked why school leaders hadn't included the black community in decisions about the remains.

The public discussion is set for 2 p.m. Saturday on the campus.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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