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Petitioning Franklin County Commissioners and 5 others

Protect the Red Bay Indian Mound Site


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.

Letter to
Franklin County Commissioners
President, Limestone Red Bay Quarry, Inc.  Thomas Comer, Jr.
Public Affairs Alabama Department of Environmental Management
and 3 others
Permits and Services Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Rep. Johnny Morrow
State Senator Roger Bedford
I am writing to you today to ask that you do what you can to halt quarry excavation near an American Indian mound on County Road 25, Red Bay, Alabama.

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 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. Additionally, if the quarry site were to be extended in the future, the village mound itself could also be destroyed by excavation.

This site is culturally and historically significant both to the residents of the area and American Indians everywhere. If a famous person were buried here, no one would even suggest that the site should be built over or excavated. I am asking you today to give the people buried at this site the same respect.

I am also petitioning county, city, and state leaders to consider current laws concerning American Indian burials, and I ask that you take steps to improve these laws so that all burial grounds may be protected out of respect for those buried and preserved for the benefit of posterity.

Please help protect this burial place and discontinue any excavation or construction that is taking place here until the site is properly examined by appropriate authorities.