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In US, forgotten Black cemeteries rediscovered

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Houston (AFP) – The babies are gone and so are the veterans. Buried at the edge of an African-American cemetery in the US city of Houston, their bodies were washed away by a nearby bayou during major storms in past decades. Under the blazing Texas sun, dozens of volunteers mowed grass and cleaned tombstones recently to help save what is left of Olivewood Cemetery’s 4,000 graves. Some parts of the cemetery at first appear forgotten, with broken or dirty headstones. But the graveyard is in fact receiving newfound care — part of a modern push to preserve Black heritage, as interest in saving neg…

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