Many historic African American burial grounds are lost to history, forgotten or ignored or even paved over for parking lots.
Two African American lawmakers want to reclaim that history for future generations by introducing the African American Burial Grounds Network Act.
The bill would provide federal recognition and support to identify and preserve these sacred sites.
“There is no American history without the history of African Americans being told and this is part of the ability to tell that story,” said U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin (D Virginia).
A team of volunteers have documented nearly 8,400 African Americans buried in undeveloped land.
Supporters hope the legislation shines a national spotlight on historic African American cemeteries and ensures they are not lost forever.