Forensic Scan to Start Soon
Friday, Dec. 11, from 7-a.m. till noon, volunteers are needed to help carry branches and cut wood from the back of the cemetery to the front to be chipped. The City of Raleigh is supplying a dumpster, and maintenance teams from Oakwood Cemetery and Bland Landscaping will bring expertise and tools –including the wood chipper– to clear brush and debris.
The site has to be made as clear as possible for forensic scanning equipment. The Friends of Oberlin have been fund-raising for this project, which is intended to reveal previously unknown graves in the old African-American cemetery, and finally provide reliable data about the number of persons buried in the Reconstruction-era site.