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Schools Seek Input on Returning Artifacts Found at 12th High School’s Grave Site

By Potomac Local News December 3, 2013 9:05 am

5 Comments

(Photo: Prince William County Public Schools)

(Photo: Prince William County Public Schools)

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – School officials in Prince William County want to hear from the public on what do to do with artifacts found at the site of the soon-to-be-built 12th high school.

A series of graves were found at the school site near Va. 234 and Hoadly Road over the summer. Last month, those graves were dug up to make room for a football stadium for the new school site. The owners of the graves were identified as belonging to the Lynn family who used to live in the area in the late 1800s.  

Now school officials will hold a public meeting to get feedback on the re-interment process of the small artifacts found.

More in a press release:

The Prince William County School Board will meet to hear public comments on plans for re-interring artifacts and remains from graves discovered during clearing for the county’s 12th high school, now set for completion in 2016. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., December 16, 2013, at the Board Meeting Room of the Edward Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas.

Archaeologists and others have completed study of the fragmentary remains from graves previously hidden beneath trees and brush that had grown for decades. Insights and historical information will be presented so local residents can weigh in on appropriate ways to recognize and reinter the historic discoveries.

Those wishing to address the School Board may:

• Notify the Board Clerk in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at pwcsclerk@pwcs.edu prior to noon on the day of the Board meeting to be placed on the list of speakers; or

• Sign onto the list of speakers maintained at the entrance to the School Board meeting room at the beginning of the meeting, but prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting.

Please provide your name, address, phone number. In keeping with Board policy, all registered speakers will receive three minutes to present their views, which will be considered in subsequent Board deliberations.

Exhumation and relocation of the graves was necessitated by timing and budget for school construction, combined with the unique site attributes that restrict the flexibility of the project.

  • Ed

    Here’s an idea…how about waiting for the DNA results then asking the Lynn family what they want?
    Pretending to be transparrent after the fact is not the same as doing to correctly and with respect in the first place!

    • ourschools

      Exactly!

  • Sheila Beaty

    A memorial should be placed on the grounds with the remians and the History of the people that were burried there, The School should be Named after them. Learn from your Mistakes of the past and Next time the County comes across a cemetery,, Leave it alone !!!! It may be you one day that is dug up.

  • Cheryl Lynn

    I would hopr they would give us back the remains and put up a memorial. This is my great grandfather and other menbers of our family and yet they are dead they deserve respect also.

    • Greg

      No one but the family should have any decision on this. Its too bad that the county is in too big of hurry to not take precautions to avoid moving the graves in the first place. My advice to the Lynn family is if the county does not honor your wishes get an attorney.