Remains of freed slaves moved from dried lake bed to cemetery

Published on January 17th, 2012 | by Admin


The remains of more than two dozen graves of freed slaves and their children have been moved from a dried lake bed to a nearby cemetery in Texas.

“I have talked to people who say they don’t know where their grandmother is buried,” McManus said. “I’ve done a lot of research, and I have a good idea of who could be buried there, but I don’t know for sure.”

The remains are being examined by an anthropologist after their removal, painstaking work that takes about a day for each grave, said Nick Trierweiler, program director for cultural resources at Ecological Communications Corp., an Austin company hired to excavate the cemetery.

Trierweiler said an anthropologist is measuring the bones _ a process that can usually determine gender and race _ but that may not be possible with the babies’ remains because they were not as developed. Most remains found so far are those of infants, including one who was 6 to 9 months old.

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