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Group Finds Unmarked Slave Cemetery, Seeks Help to Preserve Site

Quapaw Tribe made the discovery after purchasing the property.
LITTLE ROCK, AR-- A group with Arkansas connections says an unmarked slave cemetery has been discovered in Pulaski County on its newly purchased property.

What led to the discovery...

A 160-acre plot of land near the Little Rock Port Authority on Thibault Rd. is where the Quapaw Tribe bought property to preserve its history.

"It's a very important piece of land to us. It's part of our original reservation," said business chairman John Berrey.

Berrey says the site is where the group called home before being forced to move to Oklahoma in the 1800's.

"It's a significant piece because there were a lot of Quapaws who lived in that area," Berrey said.

After buying the site, the Tribe commissioned an archaeological survey to research the property, finding more than historic, important symbols of the Quapaw culture.

"There is also an unmarked slave cemetery on this property that we haven't disclosed the location of because we want to protect it," Berrey said.

The Tribe is not saying exactly where on the property the graves are located because they don't want anyone to disturb them.

What to do next....

The Quapaws are very passionate about preserving history. That's why they are so motivated to find someone or some organization to preserve the gravesites.

"We want to find someone in Little Rock that would like to work with us in understanding how we should treat it, whether there is a community group that is interested in slave cemeteries or someone else, we would like to find them," Berrey said.

As a result of the purchase, the Tribe also discovered several pottery pieces that have historical value to the Quapaws.

Help needed....

If you can help, email reporter Hubert Tate for more information at htate@fox16.com.

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