Colonial slave cemetery found in Virginia

Published on November 3rd, 2009 | by Admin


A possible slave cemetery of 40 unmarked graves has been found in Dumfries, Virgina.

While there is no documentation about even the existence of a slave cemetery—much less a location, Smith said stories about such a cemetery in the trees at the back of the school property have always been rumored.

“All of my life I’ve always been told that the stand of trees is a slave cemetery,” Smith said. “It’s one of those stories that you hear.”

The Dumfries Cemetery is directly beside and behind the elementary school property.

“Our cemetery dates back to 1647, and we don’t know exactly where the boundaries are,” Smith said.

But before the curious decide to go out to the school and investigate for themselves, they should know there is nothing to see but an open field.

There are no headstones or markers. There is nothing to indicate what lies beneath.

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