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Developer Plans To Move Bowling Green Slave Cemetery

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A southern Kentucky developer wants to move what is believed to be slave cemetery, but a county board wants to see his plans for the property.

Attorney Kevin Brooks represents developer Joe Daniel. Brooks told The Daily News his clientworks around cemeteries frequently, but can't maintain the burial ground properly in its current location.

Daniel is seeking to move the cemetery, with at least 12 plots, to the rear of the developed property. The cemetery wasn't impacted with Daniel's first development in the area, but now he is ready to proceed on construction in the next section, which eventually could have 187 houses.

On the development plat for the property, the cemetery covered small parts of three developable lots. Brooks said the area will have more open green space with better accessibility.

"It's my belief that we don't need your permission to move the cemetery, but we do need it to delineate it," Brooks said.

The Warren County Cemetery Board wants to know how the boundaries of the cemetery, which dates to the 1800s, will be located and the remains handled.

Warren County senior planner Tonya Colley researched the cemetery and said it was owned by the family of M.C. Feland, which also owned slaves.

The family cemetery was across the road, which is what makes it appear that this cemetery was the slave cemetery with its stones, rather than carved markers. Colley said an 1880 deed for the property indicated that a half-acre was carved out for the cemetery.

Board Chairwoman Linda Dickerson said the area could be cleaned up as is.

"I'm not sure it needs to be moved to take care of it," Dickerson said.

Brooks said when the cemetery is moved, the area would be cleared, leveled and used for houses.

"There is no question that moving it will be a considerable expense, but at this point that is what we intend to do," Brooks said.

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