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Plans made for exposed human remains found between East End and Evergreen Cemeteries

From Chris Suarez at the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

“The nonprofit foundation in charge of the East End and Evergreen cemeteries is planning to relocate exposed human remains discovered earlier this summer to a new memorial meadow on the historic African American burial grounds. John Sydnor, executive director of the Enrichmond Foundation, said Thursday that the nonprofit is developing those plans after an employee came upon bones and bone fragments in a box along an eroding ravine between the two cemeteries in July.

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Since the remains discovered in July were found away from any marked or known graves, foundation officials and a state archaeologist theorized that a former caretaker may have assembled and buried a package of human remains that were originally exposed due to natural causes or accidents during the preparation of new burial sites long ago. Joanna Wilson Green, the state archaeologist overseeing the foundation’s reburial application to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, said evidence at the site indicates that the remains did not come from a primary burial.”

PHOTO VIA Friends of East End Cemetery

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