A Burial Ground for Black Mississippians is at Risk of Becoming a Tire Factory

An article by Alan Huffman describes the talks between Mississippi officials and a German tire manufacturer over the sale of public land for a $1.45 billion industrial site. The land contains a mostly unmarked cemetery containing the remains of Black Mississippians. The story may be found at http://goo.gl/DCT2om.

My thanks to newsletter reader Kayne Rogers for telling me about this story.

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I believe that is illegal if it can be proved and can be declared historic, of course with all our corrupt politicians it may hard to do

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    It ought to be illegal, but often isn’t. Laws protecting cemeteries and burial grounds vary from state to state, as do requirements for pre-construction archaeological studies of excavation sites. In addition, some states pay more attention than others to enforcing whatever laws they do have in place.

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at any rate it all stinks to high heaven of deliberate ignorance and deliberate misinformation, Oral history is as important as any other kind and often is the only information left through the ages….The south seems to make a point of being lose with the truth when it comes to issues like these

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Does anyone have an address to send comments to? I am a retiree of Continental (the old General Tire).

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Nancy Lee McDaniel August 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm

This story smacks of industry and state gov. trying to get around legal issues and is just plain wrong!!!!

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David Paul Davenport August 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

As bad as this is I wish to remind folks that San Francisco did the same thing in 1913. All of the cemeteries in SF (except that at Mission Dolores and that at the Presidio) were closed and remains were hapazardly moved to Colma. Headstones became landfill. Conclusion: the Government does whatever it wants, whenever it wants. See the SF story at http://www.7×7.com/the-dark-history-of-san-franciscos-cemeteries-1786563925.html

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