A crew of 20 Georgia State student-athletes, primarily from the football team, spent half a day cleaning up historic Oakland Cemetery near the GSU campus.

Organized through the GSU Civic Engagement Office, this group pooled their muscle and efforts to do some spring cleaning at the cemetery that is just blocks from Georgia State's new football practice facility.

Oakland Cemetery, which opened in 160 years ago in 1850, has been the final resting place of historic figures like Governors, Mayors, Gone With the Wind novelist Margaret Mitchell, and golfer Bobby Jones. But, the 48-acre cemetery is also known as the burial place for Atlanta's less fortunate and at one time, included separate areas for Jewish citizens and another for African-America citizens.

The energetic Panthers cleaned up, raked up, used air blowers, placed new mulch and worked up some blisters to help keep the tourist site clean and ready for visitors and family members making visits.

This is part of the ongoing effort to involve every Georgia State student-athlete in a community service project and surpass the goal of 3,000 combined volunteer hours.