The graves of about 80 slaves in Florence, Alabama are being threatened by a planned new Wal-Mart store. The slaves were owned by Gen. John Coffee, a friend of President Andrew Jackson and a surveyor who drew the state’s border with Mississippi. There is archaeological and historical evidence that suggests his slaves’ graves may be precisely where Walmart plans to pave a driveway to the new store.
Walmart says it will avoid harming any burial grounds, and has pledged $25,000 to restore the crumbling cemetery. But determining the graveyard’s boundaries has proved challenging. Walmart says it will redraw construction plans in any way necessary.
You can read more in an article by Robbie Brown in the New York Times at http://goo.gl/jHbAK.
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