Unmarked graves found at site where blacks said to be buried
FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) — Archaeologists have found several unmarked graves on a Delaware site that some residents have said contains the remains of African-Americans who lived in the area.
A Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs statement says archaeologists have delineated at least nine graves at the site, known as the Orr Property or Hall Plantation.
News outlets report a headstone uncovered at the site in unincorporated Frankford includes the lines “Co. K, 32nd U.S.C.T.” The release says the abbreviation stands for “U.S. Colored Troops,” the designation for units comprised of African-American soldiers during the Civil War.
The headstone hasn’t been correlated to a specific grave. No further information is yet known about the identities of the burials. The release says the state will work with the landowner to determine a preservation plan.