Civil War Era Cemetery in Austin Gets Makeover

(KXAN)   Sue Spears noticed some grave markers near her Austin, Texas home 15 years ago when she used to see children play in a dirty overgrown lot near a school.

When she took a closer look, Spears noticed there was something special hidden under the weeds.

"You could see maybe one of the stones at the front," said Spears. "But I had no idea there was six acres of graves here."

What started as curiosity turned into a crusade. Cleaning up the Bethany Cemetery, which was founded in 1893, became a mission for Spears who says there is a lot of history still waiting to be uncovered. 

"Once I started finding out that there was actually slaves buried here," said Spears, "it just had a place in my heart. ... I wanted it to have the respect and the dignity that you know those that have gone before us really deserve."

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