‘The Historic Black and Slave Cemeteries of Rome, Ga.’ is a stunning look at black history, some of those who made it and where they rest.

‘The Historic Black and Slave Cemeteries of Rome, Ga.’ is a stunning look at black history, some of those who made it and where they rest.

Berry College’s Viking Fusion takes a closer look at “The Historic Black and Slave Cemeteries of Rome, Ga.,” in a 30-minute documentary by reporter Addison Howard.

Mixing interviews with Bill Collins, Rome’s first black mayor and longtime city commissioner, historian Lavada Dillard, North Rome community activist Charles Love and others, Howard takes viewers from Zuber Cemetery near Shannon to Eastview Cemetery off Callier Springs Road to the 900-plus black graves at Myrtle Hill to Freeman Town on Berry’s campus.

Howard’s documentary touches on both black history in the community as well as those who made — and continue to make — a difference in Rome.

To our knowledge, it is the first time someone has assembled such a detailed look at where former slaves, free men and women, and local black entrepreneurs rest — and what needs to be done to help preserve these places.

 

 

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