March 4, 2024



‘Thank God you found me’: Florida officials unearth a fourth forgotten Black cemetery


By Greg Allen

An unmarked African American cemetery with hundreds of graves has been found at the site of a downtown office building in Clearwater, Fla. It’s at least the fourth abandoned African American cemetery rediscovered in recent years in Florida. The finds are forcing communities to come to terms with their history and racist policies that targeted Black neighborhoods.

Barbara Sorey-Love has experienced some of that history firsthand. She was born in the basement of Clearwater’s hospital 69 years ago, and grew up in Clearwater Heights, a neighborhood that no longer exists.

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