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

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—  BY, JENNA KUNZE

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. Due to a long history of settlement, there are three historic cemeteries in the area—one of which falls in the far corner of land near a brewery.

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