Lithonia One Cemetery
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Lithonia One Cemetery is an important historical African American cemetery in Lithonia, Georgia. Surrounding demographic changes, a lack of maintenance, and lack of attention from the public have resulted in a disconnection from the community and a loss of its historic value. This thesis seeks to discover appropriate restoration practices to improve the appearance of the cemetery which currently looks neglected. In order to do this, the thesis explores African American traditional burial culture, current visitor experience and attitudes toward the cemetery, and current conditions, features, and issues within the cemetery. Finally, it provides restoration guidelines for a future managing board and recommendations for two master plans to revive the cemetery within a historic context and rebuild the bonds between the cemetery and community.