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In Response To: Sumter Cnty FL to remove AfriAm Cemetery ()
County To Move Historic Cemetery
My colleague Angela Y. Walton-Raji has spoken about this on her podcast,
Even with the published concerns of President Carolyn Shaw and Billy Ray, vice president of the Sumter County Historical Society, County Administrator Bradley Arnold plans to move forward with the removal.
What was initially in dispute was whether this grave site was a family plot or an actual African American cemetery. If the latter, which the Sumter County Historical Society and others have determined, they were still going to remove it anyway.
There are federal, state and local laws regarding removal of cemeteries. This case seems to be at the local level and the county administrator may be within legal boundaries.
However, local officials have an obligation to listen to their constituents and make decisions in the best interests of the community. Preserving one acre of land, a historic cemetery, should have some priority. There would remain, in this case, 74 more acres for future development.
Imagine; the interred African Americans are removed from their 'resting place' and relocated to another cemetery where they were probably not welcomed in the first place! An atrocity on top of an atrocity on top of an atrocity!
Your voices are needed. If this can happen in Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter county, Florida, it can happen in your community as well!
Our Ancestors need us on this one!
Thanks to the USF Africana project under direction of Toni Carrier to bring this issue to the global attention.
Please read the article and comment.
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