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Pinellas County Schools announces plan to search for graves under old school

There could be 300 bodies under Curtis Fundamental/Palmetto Elementary.
Credit: Madison Alworth

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Pinellas County Schools announced Friday afternoon plans to scan one of its properties for graves from an African American cemetery that once sat at the site of the old Curtis Fundamental/Palmetto Elementary school on Holt Avenue.

Cardno, the company that helped detect about 300 graves from the erased Zion Cemetery along N. Florida Avenue in Tampa will do the work. Spokesperson Isabel Mascareñas said the school district and the City of Clearwater will split the $35,496 cost. 

The city was involved in a land swap with the district in the mid-1950s over the property in question. Records show the city hired a company to relocate the graves. However, some neighbors do not believe all the graves were moved.

Testing is set to happen February 6 and 10 a.m.

This is a developing story. Stay with 10News for updates.

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