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Community works to protect Cainhoy burial grounds

April 29, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A community in the Cainhoy area is hoping to protect burial grounds they say is being threatened by a development.People working to preserve graves in and around the McDowell cemetery said it dates back to the late 1690′s.

(WCSC) - A community in the Cainhoy area is hoping to protect burial grounds they say is being threatened by a development.

People working to preserve graves in and around the McDowell cemetery said it dates back to the late 1690′s.

The developer Oak Bluff Development LLC has bought up a lot of the property surrounding the cemetery including where unmarked graves are said to be located.

Cainhoy community members, the African American Settlement Commission Inc. , and the Gullah Society are hoping to raise awareness about the planned development in hopes of protecting the graves.

“We have approached the developer with a simple request, they have designated an area where they say all the graves are, all we asked is that we examine the rest of the property to make sure our ancestors are not built over or on. ” After a forensic study, they believe there could be 45 to 57 African American graves around the site.

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