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Black American Burial Sites Restored at Oakland Cemetery

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Georgia public schools continue with plan to not give grades on an A to F scale.

The Oakland Historic Foundation announced that it has completed the restoration of Black American burial sites at the Atlanta cemetery. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

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Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • The Historic Oakland Foundation completed its six-year restoration project of Black American burial sites at the Oakland Cemetery. More than $600,000 was raised to fund the revitalization of the 3.5-acre area that has not been restored in over a century. Notable figures buried at the cemetery include Atlanta’s first Black mayor, Maynard Jackson, and the co-founder of Morris Brown College, Bishop Wesley John Gaines.
  • Georgia schools will continue not assigning A-to-F grades for the third school year. The state opted to follow the federal regiment passed down from the U.S. Department of Education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state says it will instead publish multiple measures due to lack of testing in 2020 and 2021.
  • The Atlanta Hawks are set to open their eighth “Good Neighbor Club” at a DeKalb County recreation center. The new multipurpose room at the N.H. Scott Recreation Center is the second collaboration between the Hawks and the DeKalb parks and recreation department at the center, which unveiled basketball courts in 2017. The partnership is an effort to provide children with a safe indoor environment.
  • D.C. folks, we have an event for you. Join Capital B News and The Trace on Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. for “The Emergency,” a conversation on racism, trauma, and healing with Jelani Cobb and Dr. Thomas Fisher. The event is free, with proof of vaccination required. Registration is open

ICYMI: From City Hall to the Gold Dome, state and local politics reporter Chauncey Alcorn brings you up to speed with the Political Reporter’s Notebook. Check out the latest developments in the Peoplestown eminent domain fight, and midterm election battles.

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