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Back Alley Shopping Center Graveyard

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Mableton, Georgia

If ever there was a place where the dead should rise up in anger and vengeance (or at least annoyance), it's here. The Strickland and Peek Cemetery was tiny, but it was in this spot long before the Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center, which was literally built around it.

The graveyard is now wedged into a gravel-and-weed strewn alley cut into the stores on the loading dock side of the shopping center. A gate and metal fence discourage mall rats -- if they ever wander back here -- but being surrounded on three sides by 20-foot-high walls is not the peaceful eternal vista that these dead imagined.

Back Alley Shopping Center Graveyard

Old Powder Springs Rd, Mableton, GA
In the western suburbs of Atlanta. I-20 exit 44. Drive north on Hwy 6/Thornton Rd for one mile. Turn right onto Hwy 5/Maxiham Rd for two miles. Turn right onto the ramp to Veterans Memorial/Bankhead Hwy. Drive east on Veterans Memorial/Bankhead Hwy for two miles. Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center will be on the right. Turn right just before the parking lot onto Old Powder Springs Rd. This curves to the left, back behind the shopping center. The small graveyard is on the west end, in a narrow alley cut into the rear of the shopping center.
Gate may be locked. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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