Richmond reclaiming historic burial ground

A Richmond parking lot’s asphalt is being removed as the city attempts to pay homage to the slaves and free blacks who are buried there.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond parking lot’s asphalt is being removed as the city attempts to pay homage to the slaves and free blacks who are buried there.

A ceremony is scheduled Tuesday in the city’s historic Shockoe Bottom district, where the burial ground is being reclaimed.

A portion of the burial ground lies beneath the parking lot, which is being transferred from Virginia Commonwealth University to the city of Richmond.

The transfer was made possible by a $3.3 million state budget amendment.

Contractors have donated their services to remove asphalt and gravel.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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