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Black History Celebrated With Local Documentary Screening

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Folks filled the Yvonne Richardson Center Sunday to celebrate and remember a piece of local African-American history.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Folks filled the Yvonne Richardson Center in Fayettetville to celebrate black history and remember a historic cemetery.

The Oak Hill Cemetery, in the south part of town, was once the only place where African Americans could be buried.

It's been around since the 1800s.

Sunday afternoon, the group Compassion Fayettville presented a documentary about it.

"Many Northwest residents and Fayetteville residents know nothing about this cemetery, which had fallen into disrepair and we wanted this story to be told," Pattie Williams, team leader at Compassion Fayetteville, says.

There was also a panel-led discussion about the film and local history.
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