We’ve been hearing on the news that Texas is experiencing one of the worst drought in the history of the state, it’s actually helping archaeologists unearth a little piece of America—a graveyard for freed slaves.
Two graves have been uncovered that are believed to have been there for more than a hundred years.
According to Sgt. Hank Bailey of the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, the grave was actually uncovered by erosion from water that was several feet deep years ago. Cemeteries were marked and moved before the Richland Chambers Reservoir in Navarro County was filled in the 1980’s. This small cemetery without tombstones went unnoticed.
Human remains were first found in 2009 by boaters when the water level was low. The water rose again and archaeologists and historians have been waiting since then for the reservoir to reveal the cemetery again.
“”It’s not one of the great finds of history, but it’s important to us on a local level.” Bruce McManus, chairman of the Navarro County Historical Commission, told WFAA-TV. “It’s one of the lost cemeteries we’ve been looking for.””
Plans are in the works to have the remains reburied elsewhere. Investigators are keeping the cemetery’s location secret right now because of potential looters.
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