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The Athens Death Project

Viewing the segregated South from its morgue, the Athens Death Project measures racial and socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes and life expectancy during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Legal prohibitions and social inequalities—demanding physical labor, unsanitary working conditions, unequal access to health care, and redlined residential areas—always tell at the morgue. Using Athens-Clarke County death certificates, mortuary records, and cemetery data, this project critically interrogates the lasting effects of racial inequality for Black and white residents. In Athens, Georgia, we have never lived equally and, in turn, we did not and still do not die equally.

Latest News

13 Jun

We have uploaded maps of Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery, including both the gravesites of those interred within cemetery grounds as well as the last known

03 May

A self-guided, virtual tour experience of Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery has been uploaded to the webpage.

03 May

The Athens Death Project recently uploaded new content, including 3,405 death certificates from Athens Clarke County; the locations of aro

28 Mar

The Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery Waking Tour was featured in the Red & Black, the University of Georgia's campus newspaper.

22 Mar

A new article, "Black Athenians & The WPA Narratives," has been added to the webpage.

22 Mar

On March 13, 2021, Dr. Benjamin Ehlers and Ms. Tracy L.

21 Mar

On February 6, 2021, Dr. Benjamin Ehlers, Ms. Nicole Powell, and Ms. Tracy L.

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    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA 30602-1602
  • 706-542-2053
  • 706-542-2455
  • history@uga.edu

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