Halt construction of chapel built on the graves of people of color in Austin, Texas.
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During the rehabilitation of the chapel in Oakwood Cemetery in downtown Austin, workers have found bone fragments and tombstones while digging below the chapel. Their work immediately came to a halt and after further investigation, archeologists have discovered that the chapel was built on top of up to 25 graves. The chapel was built in 1914 on what was known as a racially segregated section of the cemetery. The discovery was made in late November of 2016 and the public was first notified of this situation in early March, 2017. Austin Parks and Recreation is holding a public meeting THIS SATURDAY MARCH 25th, to hear what the community has to say about this matter. There is talk of exhumation in a case where these people were rightfully buried in an established cemetery and some with marked tombstones. The building was built on these grave sites with disregard to our founding community and with complete lack of basic humanity. If you believe the rehabilitation of the chapel should be further halted so that the public has more time to discuss how to move forward with this matter, please sign this petition.
Public Meeting Information:
March 25, 2017 10:00am-12:00pm at Delores Duffie Recreation Center 1182 North Pleasant Valley Road Austin, TX 78702
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