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ONM - Macon's 1st Home - lives on - Long Live the ONM
During the redistricting process last week , Bibb Board of Education member Bob Nickels gave voice to a general ignorance in Macon-Bibb when he said "The Ocmulgee National Monument which includes no homes... will be moved to another district... to pretty-up the map." This was reported in Friday's Telegraph 12-20-02, page 1A.
A retraction, a clarification and a bit of enlightenment are due for the readers of the Telegraph.
In fact, there are two homes within the Ocmulgee National Monument [ONM] occupied by the Superintendent and the park's Law Enforcement Ranger. One family currently has several children attending the Bibb County Public School System and at times public school students live in both homes.
One of these homes, the historic Dunlap House played a part in saving Macon from Sherman's troops during the Civil War's "Second Battle for Dunlap's Hill - 20 November 1864" . An account of this pivotal moment in Macon's history by Dr Richard Iobst is posted on the Internet at hollidaydental.com/onm_cwar.htm
Also, Macon's first historic homes and neighborhoods 200-500 years ago were here at ONM. And ONM still remains the spiritual home of the Muscogee Creek Nation's peoples. In the 1930s, Smithsonian Institute archeologists uncovered prehistoric homes of the Mound Builders who lived here 1000 years ago. Evidence from once buried stone tools, pottery, and now, modern fishing lures indicate that the area we call ONM has been a continuous home for "hunters and gatherers" for over ten thousand years.
Lindsay D Holliday
It is unfortunate that the referenced article will NOT be webposted by the TELEGRAPH.
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