145 Graves Found At Florida High School

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TAMPA (WFLA/NBC News) — An investigation has revealed 145 graves under portions of a Tampa, Florida high school campus.

Ground-penetrating radar was used to identify the graves at King High School.

The school district began searching in October after a civilian pointed out that there may have been an African American graveyard near the school.

“We’ve pieced together a bunch of documents and we kind of anticipated that it would come back this way, but I really didn’t anticipate getting a report back this morning that said it was 145 coffins,” said Tamara Shamburger, school board member.

During a meeting to discuss the findings, Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller mentions the possibility of yet another forgotten cemetery at MacDill Air Force Base, in the once predominately African-American area known as Port Tampa.

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