In a powerful new documentary, American historians and descendants search for and restore cemeteries and burial grounds for slaves Just over five miles from where the Robert E Lee monument still stands is the formerly segregated East End cemetery, where African Americans who lived through the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras are buried, many in unmarked graves. For a century, the Lee monument – commemorating those who upheld slavery – stood tall, polished and revered. It took the murder of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests for politicians to seriously consider tearing it down. Meanwhile, the gravestones in East End for those people most affected by slavery’s legacy are faded, broken or lost to wildly overgrown weeds that make it impossible for family to even visit.
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