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Opponents: New Wake school would hurt slave cemetery

Posted October 14, 2008 10:07 a.m. EDT
Updated October 14, 2008 2:59 p.m. EDT

— Neighbors of a proposed high school say the facility shouldn't be built near Raleigh because it could encroach on what they believe is a slave cemetery at the site.

Officials want to build a new school on Forestville Road in northeast Wake County, but The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that neighbors are concerned about increased traffic.

The Wake County Board of Commissioners has voted to buy the land.

Residents near the site say the cemetery's presence could be enough to halt the project. County officials said they're moving forward with construction but will try to protect the graveyard. Officials said if the graves can't be protected, they will be moved.