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US 145 graves believed to be predominately black cemetery discovered beneath Florida high school

23:51  21 november  2019
23:51  21 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The graves of 145 people have been discovered under a high school in Tampa, in the US state of Florida . They are part of Ridgewood Cemetery , a mid-20th Century cemetery for the poor. The coffins - buried 3-5ft (1-1.5m) deep - were discovered using ground-penetrating radar after the school was

TAMPA — School officials say ground penetrating radar has located 145 graves on the ground of a high school in Florida ’s Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger said Wednesday that graves are located 3 feet to 5 feet beneath portions of Tampa’s

A Florida high school was built on the gravesites of 145 coffins believed to be buried in a predominately black cemetery in Tampa, an underground radar survey has found.

a young boy holding a baseball bat on a field: Scott Purcell, a senior geophysicist with GeoView, left, and Mike Wightman, president of GeoView use ground penetrating radar technology to scan a portion of King High School campus in search for Ridgewood Cemetery in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. © Octavio Jones, AP Scott Purcell, a senior geophysicist with GeoView, left, and Mike Wightman, president of GeoView use ground penetrating radar technology to scan a portion of King High School campus in search for Ridgewood Cemetery in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

School officials at C. Leon King High School in Hillsborough County, Florida, said they received a tip about a month ago that the school may have been built on the site of a historic cemetery. 

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A Florida high school became a portal to our racist past after 145 unmarked graves , containing the remains of mostly African-Americans, were discovered on Ridgewood isn’t the first indigent gravesite to be unearthed recently in Florida . Three months ago, a radar scan of a Tampa Housing Authority

School officials say ground penetrating radar has located 145 graves on the ground of a high school in Florida ’s Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger said Wednesday that graves It’s the second lost cemetery discovered this year in the Tampa area.

The school soon hired a team to use ground penetrating radar to map the area beneath the school. A report of their findings made public Wednesday said radar detected 145 coffins or voids left by decayed coffins buried 3 to 5 feet deep.

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"The radar, by itself, cannot tell exactly what is under the surface. However, the pattern of the findings matches with historical records of a one-acre cemetery on the site," school officials said in a news release.

The area has been fenced off to the public since the school received the tip.

An agricultural workshop building and lab facilities have been on the site since the late 1970s, the school said. School officials said they are now planning to remove that building.

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(CNN) - About 145 coffins believed to be part of a mid-20th century cemetery for the indigent were found buried under a Tampa, Florida , high school The Hillsborough County school district said Wednesday that geophysical technicians found "clear evidence" of burials at the Clarence Leon King

(CNN) - About 145 coffins believed to be part of a mid-20th century cemetery for the indigent were found buried under a Tampa, Florida , high school The Hillsborough County school district said Wednesday that geophysical technicians found "clear evidence" of burials at the Clarence Leon King

The site of 250 to 268 graves, Ridgewood Cemetery was an "indigent cemetery with primarily African American burials," school officials said in a statement, citing city and genealogical records.

Although only 145 burials were confirmed in the radar scan, the school said it's possible the others were not detected for a variety of reasons, including that they are child burials or burials that occurred so long ago that they cannot be detected. Some of the burials may also be located beneath the agricultural workshop, the school said.

As many as 77 of the burials could be the gravesites of infants or small children, the school says.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the city opened the cemetery in 1942. In 1957, the city sold a 40-acre plot of land, including the cemetery, to a private company, which sold it to the school district two years later, the Times reported.

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(AP) - School officials said ground-penetrating radar found 145 graves on the ground of a Tampa Bay area high school . The Tampa Bay Times reports school district officials learned in October that the mid-20th century Ridgewood Cemetery for the indigent and unknown was located on the property

The ruins of a forgotten largely African American cemetery were apparently found buried underneath a Florida high school after scans revealed 145 A lost, predominantly African American, cemetery appears to have been rediscovered underneath a Tampa, Florida high school , after 145 coffins were

"Certainly, back in that day, profits were put over people, especially people who look like me," said Hillsborough School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger, who is black, the newspaper reported.

Yvette Lewis, president of the Hillsborough Branch NAACP, told WFLA-TV that she was saddened by the news. 

"I am sick of this. This hurts. Deeply. That we can be thrown away and nobody tells our history. Nobody is telling these people's history and these people's story," she told the station.

The school district said it has turned the findings over to the county medical examiner and state archaeologist, who have 30 days to review the findings and determine whether control of the land should be returned to the school district.

The school district said that if it keeps the land, it will work with community members to determine how best to move forward.

“We want to make sure that the folks that are buried at this site are honored," Superintendent Jeff Eakins told WFLA-TV.

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According to the Tampa Bay Times, this is the second forgotten cemetery believed to be the site of predominantly black graves found in the area in recent months. 

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

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

About 145 coffins believed to be part of a mid-20th century cemetery for the indigent were found buried under a Tampa, Florida , high school , officials said. The Hillsborough County school district said Wednesday that geophysical technicians found “clear evidence” of burials at the Clarence Leon

About 145 coffins were on Wednesday found buried under a Tampa high school in Florida . According to Tanya Arja, a spokeswoman for the school School officials said the caskets are believed to be part of Ridgewood Cemetery , a historic paupers burial ground from the early 1940s that was owned

The other, Zion Cemetery, was found beneath a housing project. Five apartment buildings on the property are slated to be removed and converted into a memorial park, the newspaper reported.

Lewis said she wants something similar at the school, the Times reported.

"I don't care what the dollar amount is," she said, per the newspaper. "We have got to recognize the spirits and the souls, and the blood, sweat and tears that those people have contributed to this city."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 145 graves believed to be predominately black cemetery discovered beneath Florida high school

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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