NEWS BRIEF: Former site of forced labor factory will become greenspace

’Sanctity’ of brick company land preserved

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Chattahoochee Brick Company
The site of a factory that long ago relied on forced convict labor will be turned into greenspace in their honor after an acquisition by the City of Atlanta and the Conservation Fund. The 75-acre plot of land at the junction of Proctor Creek and the Chattahoochee River was where the Chattahoochee Brick Company supplied construction material for local buildings after the Civil War, and was owned by then-mayor James English. It employed mostly Black men who labored under inhumane conditions that were sometimes fatal. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms said in a release: “It is our responsibility to protect the sanctity of this property and honor the thousands of victims who suffered and lost their lives on this land.” saportareport.com