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School Board seeks relocation of graves

9 January 2020 Frederick County News


Ten graves recently discovered on land where the new Robert E. Aylor Middle School is being built might be moved.

Following a closed-session meeting on Tuesday night, the Frederick County School Board unanimously approved the authorization of a petition asking the Frederick County Circuit Court if the school division can move the graves.

The graves, believed to be part of the Reed family cemetery, and eight tombstones dating from 1822 to 1834 were found at the 57-acre site at 471 White Oak Road near Stephens City. Their discovery, announced in December, came as a surprise to school officials, who held a groundbreaking ceremony at the property for the $48.5 million school in September. An evaluation of the property, conducted before it was purchased in January 2018 for $1.3 million, did not indicate a possibility of graves.

Last month, during a public hearing, several people urged the board to find a respectful way to honor the graves.

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