Bones Found at Former Black Cemetery Halts Project

The United States is full of hundreds of African/African American burial grounds dating to a time when cemeteries were still segregated. (Tim Evanson/Flickr/CC BY-S.A. 2.0)
The United States is full of hundreds of African/African American burial grounds dating to a time when cemeteries were still segregated. (Tim Evanson/Flickr/CC BY-S.A. 2.0)
The United States is full of hundreds of African/African American burial grounds dating to a time when cemeteries were still segregated. (Tim Evanson/Flickr/CC BY-S.A. 2.0)

Anne Geggis, THE SUN-SENTINEL

 
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (The Sun-Sentinel) — The discovery of bones Friday on a site slated for 69 townhouses — and thought to be a former black cemetery — has stopped work on the project, Deerfield Beach officials said. Next, the bones will be tested to determine whether they are human or animal.

“The state has been notified and work on the entire project has been halted, of course,” said Rebecca Medina Stewart, city spokeswoman. “We’re waiting on the state to find out the next steps.”

An archaeologist probing an area where people claimed relatives were buried made the discovery, Mayor Jean Robb was told.

“There’s a whole bunch of flags over there on the site,” she said.

 

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