The Story Behind The Graves On The Tarmac at Savannah Airport


If you ever fly out or into Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, look down because you might see two grave stones in the tarmac!  They are the resting places of Richard and Catherine Dotson.

Back in the 1800s, the land use to be a farm owned by the Dotson's. When the couple passed away, Catherine in 1877 and Richard died 7 years later, they were buried in their family cemetery, on the same land, along with over 100 other family members, slaves and farm workers. 

The airport began expansion and the Dotsons gave permission to move most of the remains to another cemetery with the exception that Catherine and Richard remain buried there. 

So, instead of paving over the site, the airport opted to honor their memory by putting the two headstones on the runway. 

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

Photo: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

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