Markers will soon be placed at unmarked graves of historic African-American burial ground
By Todd Dewey
Survey crews in northwest Alabama are working to define boundaries of the historic Gen. John Coffee Cemetery and install makers at an African-American burial ground that's home to nearly 130 unmarked graves. According to the Florence Historical Board the graves will be fitted with markers for the first time, although the names of the people buried there are mostly unknown. The cemeteries are in a wooded area that was part of Gen. John Coffee's plantation in the 1800's and came into focus when Wal-Mart planned to build a store near the site. The company has donated $25,000 for the maintenance and upkeep of the cemeteries and some of it is being used to help preserve the area.
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