Two Graves Lie In The Tarmac at this Savannah Airport

 

If you're flying in or leaving Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, you might spot two two grave stones embedded into the tarmac. At first glance, you might think is just a repair on the runway, but it's actually the resting place of Richard and Catherine Dotson.

Back in the 1800s, the Dotson's owned a large farm on the outskirts of Savannah where the airport sits today. The couple was buried in their family cemetery, on the same land, along with over 100 other family members, slaves and farm workers. 

Catherine passed away in 1877 and Richard died 7 years later. 

The couple rested peacefully on this land until the airport began expansion of Runway 10. Descendants of Dotsons gave permission for the airport to move most of the remains to another cemetery but wanted Catherine and Richard to remain buried on the land. 

Instead of just paving over the site, the airport opted to honor their memory by putting these two headstones on the runway. To this day, family is escorted onto the runway to visit.

This is the only known graves that are embedded into an airport runway.

Photo: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

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