Another Cemetery Story

Though I don’t mean to overdo it on cemetery stories (see my previous post from last week), I couldn’t resist this one from The Daily Tar Heel about the African American section of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, located on the edge of the University of North Carolina’s campus.

The graves of many of the African Americans buried there are unmarked, and investigators plan on using ground-penetrating radar and an electrical sensitivity test to see what’s underground and identify graves.  The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill, which is leading the project, believes the cemetery may hold the remains of “up to 100 black people who worked at the University in the 18th and 19th centuries.”

I know this graveyard well.  Though I didn’t go to school at Chapel Hill, I have enjoyed many visits to Wilson Library over the years, often parking in the old visitor lot on Raleigh Road.  The walk from the lot to the library always took me past the cemetery, where you can find the graves of prominent figures associated with the University, such as the late Charles Kuralt and Frank Porter Graham.


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