Published June 15, 2009
MIAMI – Historians and archaeologists want to know who was buried in an apparently forgotten cemetery uncovered in a Miami construction site.
Construction crews uncovered bones, crumbled headstones and nails and metal handles from coffins in the site off Interstate 95. A search of the lot in April failed to uncover any names, records or documents detailing who had been buried there. Only two commercial maps from 1925 and 1936 label the site as a cemetery.
Some longtime residents say there was once an informal burial ground for blacks at the site. It's at the edge of some of Miami's oldest neighborhoods.
The African-American committee of Dade Heritage Trust planned a community meeting Monday to begin the search for descendants of the people buried at the site.