By Ann Brown
Clemson University in South Carolina has discovered more than 600 unmarked graves on campus. They most likely belong to slaves.
The 604 graves date back more than 200 years and the university is working to identify them.
A public, land-grant research university, Clemson was founded in 1889 and is the second-largest university in student population in South Carolina. Land-grant universities are established as a result of a gift or “grant” of land or cash from the federal government to the states where they are located.
The university was conducting ground-penetrating radar testing of the Woodland Cemetery located on its campus when unmarked graves were discovered, according to the university’s website.
Radar in late July initially revealed more than 200 unmarked graves and subsequent testing showed additional gravesites.
The graves most likely belonged to enslaved peoples, domestic workers, sharecroppers, and convict laborers who lived, worked, and died on the university’s land in the 1800s, Greenville News reported.
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