The remains of three dozen people, most of them slaves buried in the late 1700s, will be buried in a church near where they were unearthed in downtown Charleston.

The remains were found more than three years ago during the construction of the $142 million Gaillard Center, the most expensive municipal project in city history that opened last year.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that (http://bit.ly/1TcGUVM ) the remains are now in wooden boxes in a storage facility. The plan is to bury them at nearby St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church, a historically black church dating to 1851.

Charleston City Attorney Susan Herdina said that city council members still must approve the plan. The question is expected to come before council soon.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com