In Virginia, protests arise as a forlorn cemetery is dug up to make way for high school football

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There wasn’t much left of the person in grave No. 10 — leg bones as fragile as ash, a well-worn tooth, a few milk-glass buttons from the burial clothing.

Grave No. 9 contained a set of rubber and porcelain dentures, a gold-plated ring and evidence of a large glass viewing plate in the coffin lid.

At first, when plans were made to move the tiny cemetery with the unmarked graves to make room for a Prince William County high school sports complex, no one knew who its occupants were.

But now, in a classic Virginia collision of past and future, researchers have learned who the occupants might be, and a possible descendant contends that her presumed ancestors were hastily dug up to make way for the school football field....



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