Avondale Mall, formerly named Columbia Mall, was one of the earliest enclosed malls in the Atlanta area. It was renamed Avondale Mall in an attempt to stave off it's inevitable economic decline by associating it with nearby stable and upscale Avondale Estates. The mall now sits empty, and recently Walmart attempted to locate on the grounds against neighborhood objections (the neighbors were successful in blocking Wal-mart).
I had always heard in the 60s that the parking lot of the mall had engulfed a family graveyard after the family had resisted attempts at relocation of the remains. I vaguely remembered seeing an enclosure there, and since I was in the area photographing Avondale Estates, decided to look for the graves. Click here to see the photographs.
The plaque is a bit hard to read in my photos (a locked gate seperated me from the plaque and the stairway to the graves) but it claims that the land was originally a royal grant, and that the Crowley family occupied it in 1802. This would place the Crowleys on the land well before the 1821 land lottery which cleared the Muscogee Indians from the land and distributed land lots to Anglo-American settlers.
If the information on the plaque is true, I think it would be reasonable for people in the area to demand that however that land is developed that a decent and dignified buffer (a small park or a plaza) be placed around the gravesites.
If anyone knows any of the Crowley descendents I'd love to talk to them.