Cemetery Preservation Group Comes Forward to Help Quapaw Tribe

Published 02/07 2014 05:37PM

Updated 02/24 2014 10:20PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- There's new information about the discovery of an unmarked slave cemetery in Pulaski County by an Indian tribe. A central Arkansas organization, dedicated to preserving threatened graves, has come forward to help save the site.

"These cemeteries are endangered. They are becoming campsites," said member Carla Coleman.

Leaders saw the Fox16 story Wednesday about the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma finding an unmarked slave cemetery on land they recently bought near the Little Rock Port Authority.

But the tribe's chairman, John Berrey, says his members don't know what to do with the graves.

"We want to find someone in Little Rock that would like to work with us and understanding how we should treat it," Berrey said.

Members are very pleased the Quapaw tribe decided to preserve the cemetery.

"We do want to answer the call in assisting the Quapaw tribe by learning who is in that cemetery," said member Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis.

The group is ready to get involved.

"I think it is a blessing and very honorable that the Mr. Berrey is reaching out," Coleman said.

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