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May 23, 2013

Film on Ga. graveyard wins film festival award

ATLANTA — A film that documented the recovery of an unmarked graveyard in Middle Georgia has won two awards in an international film festival focused on human culture.

The 33-minute film "I Remember, I Believe," won the best script and best music awards at the Archaeology Channel's International Film and Video Festival in Eugene, Ore.

The film came about when the Georgia Department of Transportation was notified of an unmarked graveyard during negotiations for a Bibb County highway project. The graveyard became known as the Avondale Burial Place archaeological digging revealed that 101 burials had taken place there. Among the buried were families of African-American sharecroppers and possibly slaves.

The film was a collaboration among the Department of Transportation, Georgia Public Broadcasting and New South Associates, Inc.

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