One of the worst droughts in Texas history is helping archaeologists unearth a small piece of American history, a graveyard for freed slaves. Cemeteries were marked and moved before the Richland Chambers Reservoir in Navarro County, Texas, was filled in the 1980s, but this small cemetery without tombstones went unnoticed. Apparently the cemetery was not moved and was flooded when the when the reservoir was created in the 1980s. Now the drought has lowered water levels and the cemetery is now uncovered.
The cemetery is believed to contain remains of freed slaves from the Civil War era or a few years later.
You can read more in an article by Ben Forer and watch a video on the ABC News web site at http://goo.gl/7NRmj
My thanks to Roger Bartlett for telling me about this story.
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