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WEB EXCLUSIVE: New life for forgotten slave burial site

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -The Morrison shopping development at the corner of Sharon and Colony roads is one of South Park's premiere destination locations.

Beyond the shopping mall surroundings, this overgrown brush is home to burial ground that's the final resting place for some of Mecklenburg County's former slaves.

Saving the old Lloyd Presbyterian Church Cemetery has been an exercise in patience.  

Dr. Dan Morrill of the Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks has been fighting this battle for nearly a decade.

"It's a window on the past, that's what that cemetery is," Morrill said.

Those who have been forgotten here will soon be a part a public recognition effort that is long overdue. 

Morrill said, "During the turn of the century that was predominately an African American region, because of the labor supply that African Americans provided."

The developer Grubb properties has made good on a promise to repair and refurbish what some see as hallowed grounds.

The modern day attachment to these burial sites is historic, cultural, and sentimental.

Those are among the lessons learned in places like Anson County where people have come together through community clean up campaigns.

Dr. Morrill couldn't be happier about changes to the South Park property.

" We have this remnant of 19th century African American history that's being celebrated that is a good thing," he said.

The site has been preserved through the effort of local boy scouts that have contributed to a project of relevance and remembrance. Members of the Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission are expected to approve the design plan at its August meeting.

It is expected to come complete with a walkway and new signs.

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