Protect the Red Bay Indian Mound Site
  • Petitioned Franklin County Commissioners

This petition was delivered to:

Franklin County Commissioners
President, Limestone Red Bay Quarry, Inc.
Thomas Comer, Jr.
Public Affairs
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Permits and Services
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Rep. Johnny Morrow
Alabama-006
State Sen. Roger Bedford

Protect the Red Bay Indian Mound Site

    1. Lindsey Hancock
    2. Petition by

      Lindsey Hancock

      Thompson's Station, TN

Limestone Red Bay, Inc. recently proposed a 100 acre quarry that will consume part of a former American Indian village. Thomas Comer, president of the company, applied to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for air and water release permits in March and some excavation has already begun on the site.

The Alabama State Historic Preservation Office determined that the site of the quarry likely contains human remains. Additionally, if the quarry site were to be extended in the future, the village mound could also be destroyed by excavation.

No burial site should be disturbed by quarry excavation that could be done elsewhere. American Indian burial sites are culturally and historically significant, and once destroyed, they cannot be replaced. Ask the Limestone Red Bay, Inc. to rethink their decision to excavate this site, ask Alabama city, county, and state officials to halt this project, and ask the Alabama House of Representatives and Senate to improve laws regarding American Indian burial sites.

 

UPDATES (04/26/2011):

(1) For anyone who has received e-mails from Red Bay city officials in response to this petition stating that the quarry site is unrelated to American Indians, that is FALSE. The archaeological site designation is 1FR2. The Alabama Historic Preservation Office issued a letter on April 1, 2011 stating that a Native American village with a mound extends onto the quarry site and that the quarry site probably contains human burials.  It therefore formerly requested that a professional archaeologist study the site before any excavation occurred, but some construction on the site has already begun.

(2) Take further action by joining our Facebook Group.

(3) Contact officials directly.

UPDATES (04/27/2011): A representative of the mayor and city council members of Red Bay, Alabama has requested that they be removed as targets of this petition as the site in question is not in their jurisdiction. They have been temporarily removed until this is verified. Regardless, we hope that this petition at least made them aware of what is happening in their nearby community.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 1 signatures
    2. Lindsey Hancock
      Petition Organizer

    3. Lindsey Hancock
      Petition Organizer

      Representative Johnny Morrow's e-mail has been removed from the target list because as some of you are aware, his e-mail server has been bouncing this petition back to the senders. I am unsure of why this is happening since it has been confirmed that I had the correct e-mail address placed on the petition, but in any case, a physical copy of all your signatures will still be sent to him.

    4. Reached 1 signatures
    5. Lindsey Hancock
      Petition Organizer

      Be aware that the president of Limestone Redbay, Inc. (Thomas Comer) has publicly agreed to comply with state and federal law, as well as cooperate with state offices, if they find human remains or items of archaeological value during operation on the site. Please see related article ( Though this is reassuring, let's continue asking Mr. Comer and state officials to ensure that the site is properly examined BEFORE any more operations take place.

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Lindsey Hancock
      Petition Organizer

      Great work everyone! We reached the original goal of 500 signatures in no time at all. Keep spreading the word to your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Together we can ensure that this site is properly examined and protected.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Lindsay Hancock's Quest to Preserve a Burial Site

      Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      Last week, Change.org member Lindsey Hancock’s petition, which asks that a Native American burial site not be disturbed, started to gather a bit more steam, and a few of the petitioners started to hear back for the officials they are asking to step...

    10. Lindsey Hancock
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATES (04/27/2011): A representative of the mayor and city council members of Red Bay, Alabama has requested that they be removed as targets of this petition as the site in question is not in their jurisdiction. They have been temporarily removed until this is verified. Regardless, we hope that this petition at least made them aware of what is happening in their nearby community.

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Loretta Jamine LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      I think it is outrageous, the American Indians were the first inhabitants of America, and are treated in such a scandalous way.

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    • Dianne McGonigle DURHAM, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      please respect the Native American's burial grounds.

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    • N K SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Don't destroy this piece of indigenous cultural heritage. Native Americans have been marginalized so much in American society and also almost completely decimated. Help demonstrate that Alabama has a ounce of support for human rights as well as the dignity of the dead.

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    • Ben O'Brien GIBSONS, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      I suggest that you put all your petitions on StumbleUpon so people can just press thumbs up and spread it farther so that more people see it and sign it.

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    • Ann Emmi-Hardy FARMINGTON, UNITED STATES
      • over 3 years ago

      Being part Native American, I am looking into "green burials" here in New Hampshire or Maine, which is where I am from.

      One should not touch "sacred" ground. Remember, they were here before us.

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