On October 2, 2017, a celebration took place to unveil a new monument marking the historic black cemetery off of Howard Street in Boone. It capped a multi-year effort by the Junaluska Heritage Association to honor the gravesite of more than 160 African Americans. Collaborating on this project and the dedication were the Town of Boone, Boone’s Historic Preservation Commission, Appalachian State University and the Junaluska Heritage Association, an organization formed to preserve the heritage of the only African American community in Watauga County. The Junaluska Heritage Association gave thanks to all of those who supported this project. Dr. Susan Keefe and Dr. Tom Whyte were cited for their research into the old Councill Cemetery and work with the community.