Forgotten graves at University of Virginia likely belonged to black slaves

A piece of black colonial history may have been unearthed after a hidden grave site was discovered adjacent to the University of Virginia campus.

Sixty-seven unmarked graves were found during the university’s cemetery expansion project and officials say the graves probably belonged to enslaved or post-emancipated African-Americans.

Benjamin Ford, the principal investigator of the archaeological survey, told The Huffington Post that so many poorly-marked graves indicates they almost certainly hold the remains of blacks.

“I just can’t imagine that we have this number of white individuals buried here without acknowledgement and marking,” he said.

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