In Virginia, Locals Fight to Protect Disturbed African-American and Native Cemetery


The Fletcher-Allen Cemetery, one of three historic cemeteries in Thoroughfare, Va.

THOROUGHFARE, Virg. - Last week, Prince William County supervisors in northern Virginia voiced support for the relatives of about 100 freed slaves and Native Americans whose gravesites were disturbed in a private property owner's land clearing.

"It angered me and it broke my heart to see what happened there," Supervisor Pete Candland, R-Gainesville, said at the May 4 board meeting. "Part of the accountability is understanding how the county fell short and how we can address it."

The town of Thoroughfare sits 40 miles east of Washington D.C.


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