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Tell it From the Mountain: African-American Voices from Harris County, GA

This oral history project will ensure the rich history of Harris County, GA and nearby communities are preserved for future generations.

African American Burial Grounds Preservation Program Created in Omnibus Bill

The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) thanks the bipartisan group of lawmakers who secured inclusion of the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act in the omnibus appropriations bill.

Fall Community Day of Service at Pierce Chapel African Cemetery

The Hamilton Hood Foundation is holding a Day of Service at Pierce Chapel African Cemetery on November 19th from 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT. Volunteers will meet at 5122 Pierce Chapel Road, Midland, GA 31820.

National Trust for Historic Preservation: Supporting Descendants Who are Saving Their Historic Places

  • Chief Ben Barnes, Shawnee Tribe: Shawnee Indian Manual Labor Boarding School, Fairway, Kansas
  • Nancy Ukai, Wakasa Memorial Committee: James Wakasa Monument and Memorial Site, Topaz War Relocation Center, Delta, Utah
  • Yamona Pierce, Hamilton Hood Foundation: Pierce Chapel African Cemetery, Midland, Georgia

New York Times: Nearly ‘Erased by History’: African Americans Search for Lost Graves

Article by Audra Burch. To access the full article, enter your email address to view it for free.

Stories on the Land: Showcasing Black History on Public Lands

National Religious for the Preservation of the Environment

Cultivate Collaborative Grassroots Efforts to Restore Historic African American Cemeteries

Join us for an informational session on efforts to restore historic African American Cemeteries. Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 PM EST. Zoom registration at

AJC Photos: African-American Cemetery Preserved, Reconsecrated

Photographs by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Pierce Chapel African Cemetery Juneteenth consecration.

Ledger-Enquirer Photos: Consecration ceremony blesses, honors ancestors buried at Pierce Chapel African Cemetery

Ledger-Enquirer Consecration photographs from the Juneteenth ceremony at Pierce Chapel African Cemetery.

Cultural Heritage Partners Applauds African American Burial Grounds Network Act Introduction in Congress

Cultural Heritage Partners praise the African American Burial Grounds Network Act which would create a nationwide database for technical assistance and provide grants for preservation and educational activities at these historic sites.


The American Society of Landscape Architects supports legislation to identify and protect African American burial sites.

Pierce Chapel African Cemetery Juneteenth Consecration

On June 20th, 2022 – Descendants, faith leaders, and community members will gather for a spiritual ceremony and blessing to honor and commemorate the legacy of our ancestors represented at this sacred site. The consecration will occur 11am-12pm EST at 5213 Pierce Chapel Rd, Midland, GA 31820 across from Pierce Chapel UMC.

Descendants working to protect unkept African American cemetery in Harris County (WTVM)

WTVM news report about how Yamona Pierce’s desire to learn more about her past brought a Columbus native face to face with a historic find.

Brown Praises Work Of African American Cemeteries Coalition At Black History Month Celebration

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised the African American Cemeteries Coalition during remarks he made at the group’s Black History Month Celebration, and discussed the introduction of his African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act. The newly-introduced bipartisan bill is also sponsored by Mitt Romney (R-UT).

Fund for Reparations Now! Supports Archaeological Survey

Yamona Pierce, founder and CEO of the Hamilton Hood Foundation, announced on February 27, 2022 that an archaeological survey has commenced at the abandoned Pierce Chapel African American Cemetery in Midland GA.

Video: Transforming a cemetery from ‘a place of chaos into a place of commemoration’

Yamona Pierce, founder of the Hamilton Hood Foundation, talks about her family’s efforts to restore the Pierce Chapel African American Cemetery in Midland, Georgia after she learned of its dilapidated condition.

McEachin, Adams, Fitzpatrick Introduce African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act

In honor of Black History Month, Representatives A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Alma Adams (NC-12), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced the bipartisan African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act. The bipartisan Senate companion legislation was introduced last week by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mitt Romney (R-UT).

Sen. Sherrod Brown renews effort to preserve African-American cemeteries and the Plain Dealer highlighted Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) efforts to pass his bipartisan African American Burial Grounds Network Act, which would establish a new program to preserve historic African American burial grounds and to provide federal assistance to ensure the burial sites are maintained for future generations.

NBC News Features Pierce Chapel Cemetery

NBC News highlights efforts by the Hamilton Hood Foundation to restore Pierce Chapel Cemetery.

NBCBLK on Twitter: Clearing Pierce Chapel African Cemetery

Hamilton Hood Foundation has spent nearly three years cleaning out the cemetery and identifying people buried there.

Keeping The Family Together… Digitizing Historic African-American Cemeteries

Yamona Pierce, Hamilton Hood Foundation Founder, is hosting a Virtual Teach-In Event on November 6, 2021 from 11am-12:30pm EST.

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Fall 2021 Internship Program

Hamilton Hood Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2021 Program. Request an application below.

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Association of African American Museums Announces Annual Conference Virtual

Yamona Pierce, Hamilton Hood Foundation Founder, is a panelist on “Preserving African American Cemeteries – National Parks Conservation Association”. The event is scheduled for August 6, 2021 at 2:00-2:50pm.

Press Release | Hamilton Hood Foundation

Nonprofit Organization to Restore Desecrated African American Cemetery

Black Farmers Network

Descendants of Harris County farmers reclaim trashed historic Black cemetery

Atlanta News Journal

National Foundation Seeks to Uncover and Preserve African American History and Its Untold Stories

Courier | The Historic Pierce Chapel African American Cemetery

The Historic Pierce Chapel African American Cemetery in

92.1 FM Radio Interview | Columbus, GA

Hamilton Hood Founder’s radio interview with 92.1 FM of Columbus, GA.

Dr. King’s Legacy 2021

A Conversation… Equality & Dignity | Preservation of Historic African American Cemeteries

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