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US 145 coffins found at King High School, part of an erased African American cemetery in Tampa

09:07  21 november  2019
09:07  21 november  2019 Source:   wtsp.com

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At least 145 coffins have been discovered underneath King High School in Tampa , Florida. Apparently a citizen researching area cemeteries advised the school district that in the first half of the 20th century, there was an African - American graveyard on the site. So far, ground-penetrating radar

More than 140 coffins were found on the property of King High School in Tampa , Florida The search for any signs of a possible cemetery on the grounds of the local school began October 28 after someone came forward with information about African - American burials near King High School .

Some 145 coffins have been detected on the grounds of King High School, which once was the site of an African American cemetery.

Hillsborough County School leaders on Wednesday announced the findings, saying the caskets are located about 3-5 feet below ground level. After the discovery of Zion Cemetery at the Robles Park Village property, it is the second lost cemetery discovered this year in Tampa.

The district first learned erased Ridgewood Cemetery might be on the school grounds, located at Sligh Avenue and N. 56th Street, when 10News alerted school board chair Tamara Shamburger that local researcher and whistleblower Ray Reed sent a file of records to her office in October. 

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The former Ridgewood Cemetery was found at King High School in Tampa , according to an announcement Wednesday from Hillsborough A detailed view of the scan map shows the suspected coffins outlined as pink boxes. In total, 145 caskets or voids where caskets may have decayed were

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That same night, the district began its own research and held a press conference the following day. It hired GeoView to do use ground-penetrating radar to scan several areas of land at King High School for graves.

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The district chose to scan multiple areas due to conflicting information about where the cemetery could be on its property. It says the southern edge of the school campus first was scanned by radar which, by itself, cannot tell what exactly is underground. 

However, leaders say the pattern of findings matches varying historical records.

They show 250-267 burials happened at the one-acre cemetery. The district believes only 145 coffins were found because as many as 77 buried in the cemetery were infants or children; their coffins would be hard to find through ground scanning.

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A second area of interest, the northeast corner of the school's campus, was scanned but there was no evidence of any burials.

The city of Tampa originally owned the property, purchasing a 40-acre parcel in 1933 along 56th Street and Robles Avenue for a pauper’s cemetery. Hillsborough County Schools purchased the property in 1959 and built King High School in 1960.

School leaders fenced off the entire area in question since they were told of possible burials. An agricultural workshop building, built in the 1970s, is within the perimeter and there are plans underway to remove it.

"Hillsborough Schools is delivering these findings to the county Medical Examiner and State Archaeologist today—as outlined in Florida law," the district said in a release. "We expect they will take the next 30 days to review this report. They can then keep possession of the land or decide to turn the land back over to the school district."

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TAMPA — Hillsborough County might have another long-forgotten African - American cemetery , and this A map of the King High School land. [ Tampa Bay Times]. Historians believe the burial ground at Rebecca O’Sullivan, a University of South Florida archaeologist who was part of the team that

And the 1-acre African American cemetery , on land near the corner of Madison Avenue and Gould Street, had The former cemetery land is now part of a 2-acre vacant lot on his FrankCrum Staffing’s Clearwater campus at Records show King High gym may have been built atop paupers cemetery .

If the land is turned back to the district, leaders say they'll work on determining proper ways to memorialize the individuals and respect the space.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with 10News WTSP. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. You can also email her at emorrow@wtsp.com.

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A Long-Lost Black Cemetery in Tampa May Have Been Found .
For decades, an unmarked cemetery sat undisturbed, tucked away at the edge of a Florida high school campus. But last week, Hillsborough County school district officials announced that the burial ground had been found with help from ground-penetrating radar scans. The radar bounced back with evidence of about 145 coffins, buried just a few feet beneath the surface. The discovery of what appears to be the Ridgewood Cemetery, where mostly African-Americans were buried in the 1940s and 1950s, on what are now the grounds of C.

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