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Surveyors searching for the graves of 3 lynched Lawrence men | News – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-07-20 20:45:00 –

Lawrence, Kansas (KCTV)-Issax Miss. George Robertson. Pete vinegar.

Geologists want to find the unmarked tombs of these three men lynched by a white mob in Lawrence in 182.

The search for their grave began before the pandemic, but it was delayed as the office was closed and they began to work from home. However, it gave the city clerk time to find a plot map of the Oak Hill Cemetery showing where the bodies were buried.

Geological surveyors, along with historians and volunteers, are currently using high-tech equipment to identify the tombs of three men. This is a time-consuming and tedious process, but geological surveyors hope that within a few weeks, the community will have more information about who is buried where.

“I’ve always been interested in this potter’s field, a mystery I’ve never investigated,” said project volunteer Kait McNeely.

Last year, Ursa Minor, president of the NAACP’s Lawrence branch, said no such lynching was being talked about.

“From fear. Most of the black community didn’t talk much about it. It was more like tranquility,” Minor said.

Dr. Blair Schneider of Kanas Geological Survey leads the data collection. She says it can be difficult to identify what’s under the surface after years of decomposition.

“My hope, my hope is to be able to do something that goes directly to the community it offers,” Schneider said.

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