Radar finds 145 graves buried beneath King High School in Tampa – November 20, 2019

I saw this the other day – Radar finds 145 graves buried beneath King High School in Tampa: https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/2019/11/20/are-there-graves-on-king-high-schools-campus/.

Published Nov. 20
Updated Nov. 20 (2019)

TAMPA — Ground penetrating radar has located 145 caskets at the southeast corner of the King High School campus.

The caskets, buried 3 to 5 feet deep, are part of a mid-20th century paupers burial ground known as Ridgewood Cemetery. Today, the one-acre site is open land with one small building, used for the school’s agricultural program.

“These appear to be coffins or voids in the soil where coffins have decayed over time,” school Superintendent Jeff Eakins said at a news conference Wednesday. The announcement came during a meeting of the district’s Historical Response Committee, set up in response to news King High may have been built on a cemetery.

This is the second time in less than three months that a forgotten cemetery has been found in the Tampa Bay area.

In August, in reaction to a Tampa Bay Times report, archaeologists went looking for and then found nearly 130 caskets from the all-black, segregation-era Zion Cemetery under a portion of the Robles Park Village housing projects in Tampa.



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