Record confirm slave burial ground under Virginia school parking lot

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A review of historic maps, photographs and other resources has confirmed with "reasonable certainty" that part of a burial ground for slaves and other African-Americans rests under a parking lot now owned by Virginia Commonwealth University, officials said today.

The Richmond Slave Trail Commission and VCU said in a joint statement that they will begin to discuss ways to properly memorialize the site, along Interstate 95 in Shockoe Bottom.

"The documentary evidence for the Richmond Burial Ground for Negroes is very compelling. We are moving in the right direction and I look forward to collaboration as we work to find a way to memorialize this sacred place," said City Councilwoman Delores L. McQuinn, chairwoman of the Slave Trail Commission.

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