Historic cemeteries: bones may be reburied nearby

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Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 8 at 3:37 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says bones from a cemetery created for slaves on a sugar plantation and used for black Union veterans after the Civil War will probably be reburied next to the cemetery so no other graves are disturbed.

A "monumental marker" will show where those bones are, while other large concrete markers and trees will outline the Kenner Cemetery and a similar one less than a mile away. Eight 4-foot-wide signs will provide historical information about the cemeteries and their times.

The corps has a meeting Wednesday in Destrehan to get comments from descendants of people buried in the graveyards about its proposals for the Kenner and Kugler Cemeteries Archaeological District.

Both cemeteries were used until 1928, when the corps bought the land.

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Online:

U.S. Archives about black troops in the Civil War: http://1.usa.gov/d9N0bE

Spillway master plan: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/recreation/rec_bonnetcarre.asp

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