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Charleston City Paper: Researcher: Gadsden Creek’s fate may be tied to 26,000 graves

A volunteer researcher wants to launch a project to remember an estimated 26,000 people buried at a 19th-century mass burial ground that is today’s Harmon Field and The Citadel’s football stadium on Charleston’s West Side.

Former middle school reading teacher Julie Bowling said she hopes her effort draws more attention to the graves as part of the ongoing legal battle to prevent development on the nearby wetlands at Gadsden Creek.

To honor the dead, Bowling said she’d enter the names of the dead in a database and share it with an organization willing to share the information on the internet.

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