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200 unmarked graves, likely for slaves, found near cemetery

August 1, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Researchers in North Carolina have found more than 200 unmarked graves near a cemetery, and it’s believed they belong to slaves.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the graves were found in the St. Philips Moravian Graveyard in Winston-Salem, and researchers think the slaves were buried after 1859. The graves were located Tuesday by using ground-penetrating radar that indicates disturbances in the soil.

Keith Seramur, head of the Boone-based graveyard mapping team, said many of the people buried there were probably slaves who had little money, yet there were vaults found among the graves, which meant more significance in the community.

Peggy Crouse, the chair of the committee overseeing the project, says the next step is to raise enough money through grants and fundraisers to put a personalized stone on each grave.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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