TERRE HAUTE — The painstaking work of locating, restoring and moving unmarked graves discovered on city property will be underway today near Terre Haute North Vigo High School.
City officials signed an agreement Monday that gives the green light for Indiana State University to begin the first phase of the project, which will involve finding perhaps dozens of unmarked graves and restoring some graves accidentally disturbed by utility work.
Shawn Phillips, an archeologist and associate professor at ISU, is an expert in working with grave sites such as the one discovered on the property of the city’s Emergency Responder Training Academy on July 11. He will be leading the efforts to locate the graves, which are to be moved eventually to Highland Lawn Cemetery. Read more.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Crews have started searching the grounds of a former county home for the poor after workers installing a water line extension found several unmarked graves.
Experts don’t yet know how many bodies are buried at the site near Terre Haute or how large an area the cemetery covers. A document in the Vigo County Public Library’s archives lists the names of 49 people who were buried from 1898 to 1903 at what was then called the Vigo County Poor Farm, the Tribune-Star reported.”This was an accidental find,” City Councilman Norm Loudermilk said.
An old undated plat map shows a few X marks indicating a cemetery near a wooded area at the northern edge of the property.
A decision on whether the water line will need to be rerouted will be made after additional investigation by an archaeology team and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Read more.