Archaeologists Discover Possible Site of An African American Cem - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Archaeologists Discover Possible Site of An African American Cemetery

Posted: Updated:

FRANKFORD, Del.- Archaeologists discovered what appears to be the site of an African American cemetery near Frankford.

The Delaware State Historic Preservation Office says there are at least nine graves on the property, known as the Orr Property or Hall Plantation.

Historians also said they found a headstone with clear name markings on it. It reads, C.S. Hall, followed by the lines “Co. K, 32nd U.S.C.T.” According to the department, those markings are an abbreviation for a unit comprised of African American soldiers during the Civil War.

There is no information about the identities of the burial sites or which grave site the headstone belonged to. The state's preservation office also said they have not yet confirmed whether the find includes remains of enslaved persons. That discovery would need to be confirmed through archeology or review of the historical record, according to the department.

“I would also like to thank the neighbors nearby for their role in calling attention to the presence of a cemetery here,” Tim Slavin, director of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, said. “Their recollections and local knowledge about the site and its location were key to discovering these burials. They spoke up, and thanks to them we can add a new page to Delaware history.”

Back in November, the Sussex County Council approved townhouse development on the site. The landowner told the state that the cemetery will be preserved and they will work together to preserve the area.

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Assateague Island Adds Special Tables for Horse Safety

    Assateague Island Adds Special Tables for Horse Safety

    Wednesday, October 16 2019 3:34 PM EDT2019-10-16 19:34:37 GMT
    Wednesday, October 16 2019 3:49 PM EDT2019-10-16 19:49:41 GMT
    Assateague Island National Seashore rangers have seen enough of the horse-play. After too many cases of horses consuming human, and even pet food, the rangers knew it was time to make a change to protect the ponies' health.More
    Assateague Island National Seashore rangers have seen enough of the horse-play. After too many cases of horses consuming human, and even pet food, the rangers knew it was time to make a change to protect the ponies' health. More
  • Pride Festival Coming to Salisbury

    Pride Festival Coming to Salisbury

    Thursday, October 17 2019 6:37 PM EDT2019-10-17 22:37:19 GMT
    Friday, October 18 2019 7:33 AM EDT2019-10-18 11:33:12 GMT
    Downtown Salisbury CrosswalkDowntown Salisbury Crosswalk
    Downtown Salisbury CrosswalkDowntown Salisbury Crosswalk
    National Coming Out Day this year came with a big surprise. Salisbury P-Flag, an LGBTQ ally organization, announced Salisbury will host its first Pride Parade next year.More
    National Coming Out Day this year came with a big surprise. Salisbury P-Flag, an LGBTQ ally organization, announced Salisbury will host its first Pride Parade next year.More
  • Wind Surfer Stranded in the Rehoboth Bay for Hours

    Wind Surfer Stranded in the Rehoboth Bay for Hours

    Thursday, October 17 2019 5:43 PM EDT2019-10-17 21:43:10 GMT
    Friday, October 18 2019 7:30 AM EDT2019-10-18 11:30:45 GMT
    One man in Sussex County shares his story of survival, when he was stranded for six hours on the Rehoboth Bay.More
    One man in Sussex County shares his story of survival, when he was stranded for six hours on the Rehoboth Bay.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices