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Documents Show University of Richmond Built on Slave Burial Site

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University of Richmond has acknowledged that part of their campus was built on a slave burial site, NBC reported.

“Only together can we tell a fuller history of this land, remembering and memorializing those whom existing narratives have excluded or forgotten,” University of Richmond President Dr. Ronald Crutcher wrote in a statement.

In a message on Thursday, he told the campus community that a months-long study revealed documentary evidence from 1912 to 1956 showing that university officials acknowledged campus included what was once a plantation where burial remains were found.

Like other burial grounds for slaves, the area is at a distance from former landowners’ homes and at lower ground. Multiple historical sources reference the area as a cemetery for African Americans.

The university plans to create a committee to discuss ways to memorialize the people buried.

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