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Lewes Residents Protest Construction on Burial Ground

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The proposed Gills Neck Village Center would be built on this property in Lewes. (Photo: WBOC) The proposed Gills Neck Village Center would be built on this property in Lewes. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. (AP)- A proposed shopping center in Lewes is drawing protests from a group who says the development would be built on a sacred Native American burial ground.
    
Residents gathered Tuesday to protest the Gills Neck Village Center. In addition to opposing construction on indigenous grounds, protesters say the construction will contaminate the area's water.
    
Protester Jules Jackson said the burial ground, known as the Townsend site, is on the National Historic Register.
    
Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent said that if this is the case, there are state laws that require developers to go through an authentication process. If any trace of a burial site is found, construction won't be permitted.
    
Vincent added that a water source protection is in place to prevent contamination.

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