17. University Cemetery

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In 2012, archaeologists discovered sixty-seven mostly unmarked grave shafts, which likely contain the remains of both enslaved and newly freed African Americans. The graves were left undisturbed. In 2014, the President's Commission on Slavery and the University (PCSU) organized a formal service at the First Baptist Church, followed by an evening vigil led by renowned Reverend Almeta Ingram-Miller and a choir singing the gospel song, "Walk Together Children, Don't You Get Weary." Ingram-Miller led the community in a libation ceremony to celebrate, honor, and remember the men, women, and children who were buried in the cemetery. Renowned poet Brenda Marie Osbey wrote a poem, "Field Work," especially for the cemetery ceremony. The poem was read at the commemoration.

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