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ereSo much incorrect information in the video and in the comments section. There were approximately 800 parcels of property acquired by the Corps of Engineers to build Lake Lanier. Most consisted of farmland with wood framed homes and agricultural buildings such as barns. In total about 700 families were displaced by the lake. Most willingly sold their property and there was less than a dozen families that contested acquisition of their land where eminent domain action had to be authorized. The Corps kept in-depth records of each property acquired including a description and photos of all buildings. Buildings were leveled and the wooden parts were burned. Some stone and brick foundations still stand. Anything that would not float up and become a navigation hazard such as the aforementioned racetrack was left intact. During my time working at Lake Lanier with the Army Corps of Engineers I was the "caretaker" of the property records that I described. I viewed all the photos of property that was acquired. I saw no photos of towns. The highest concentration of buildings I found were at crossroads. There was no indication of the race of property owners. Early in my career at Lanier I had the opportunity to work with a son of one of the property owners. His characterization of most of the landowners was poor farmers which coincided with the condition of buildings in the photos I viewed. As a side note landowners were paid the market rate by the government. It wasn't much by today's standards. But those whose farmland extended outside the footprint of the lake would do very well in the future selling lakefront lots. I hope this sheds some light on things. If you want to learn more I would suggest David Coughlin's book entitled "A Storybook Site: The Early History & Construction of Buford Dam". Here is a video that explains things more thoroughly youtu.be/09S8tGRkQiQ
Also the acquisition of the property to build the lake in the 1950's should not be confused with the 1912 event where black residents of a town called Oscarville were run out of Forsyth County and their land taken by whites. Most of their homes and other buildings were burned to the ground. I don't think any remnants of a town survived to when the Corps bought the land in the 50's.
Just like everything in the news. This is just a bunch of over sensationalized crap.. 11.8 million visitors come to Lake Lanier annually some of them will run into issues. The structures that were not removed are clearly marked on the lake charts (And typically under 75+ feet of water) and the potential hazards to boating are clearly indicated by markers with lights the blink at night. Can it be dangerous? Is there potential for unmarked junk that can be floating around, especially near shore? Of course! Any body of water and boats are not very tolerant of bad decisions, bad luck, and ignorance. Thousands of people people drown in their bathtub very year. As far as the bottom is concerned, you never know what you'll find on the bottom of most lakes or ocean until you get there, that's just a fact of life.
If it is true that it was a peaceful well organized site to innocently provide water. The houses would not be under there, the racetrack nor the bodies of innocent people in their homes. I know there are people of the current times that can't believe people were so evil to others because of the color of their skin. Unfortunately, outside of denial there is video evidence as well as people who were actually alive during that time. That cannot be denied. They did it, and unfortunately many of the souls are not resting because of the shock they experienced crossing over. They are fighting for that land as we debate and they are pissed. Nobody deserves such treatment. The time to acknowledge such acts publicly has stepped up and the offspring of the evil are in shock. Just imagine how the offspring of the innocent feel. While you are privileged enough to be the offspring of the guilty and free. They are now finding out that evil comes at a price. There nothing free!
I need to do my research cuz this doesn't make sense. You're telling me during a drought that homes, cars, and other building structures are visible...why was a lake placed here to begin with. Sounds like the movie Poltergeist. You build homes over a cemetery but don't remove the bodies
2020, I'm not sure how old this video maybe. Lake Lanier is most definitely not for recreation. What some people are not aware of is; how many people died on that land because they refused to leave their home's. When the flood gates were open to make Lake Lanier a lot of people died. Lake Lanier is a water burial ground and you know what that means. Off limits!