A Washington, D.C., park popular with residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood has soccer fields, a basketball court, a toddler playground, fenced dog run and plenty of green grass and park benches. What many local residents didn’t know was that the seven-acre Walter Pierce community park, near the intersection of Columbia and Adams Mill Rds. NW, was built atop an African American cemetery that included the graves of Civil War soldiers and sailors.
While repairing a park wall about five years ago, workmen discovered bone and coffin fragments. At the insistence of local residents, city officials stopped the work and an archaeological team from nearby Howard University was brought in to investigate.
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