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Students Uncover the Past at Oldest Black Church in North Carolina

students dig the pastA group of students are digging up the past at the oldest black church in the state of North Carolina.

The historic St. Philips church still has an active congregation. 131 persons were buried there in unmarked graves. So far, archeologists have found 90 bodies and the students have found the remains of another 12.

They have also found marbles, a miniature harmonica, an 1895 penny, and a watch chain.

Those buried at the site were born in Africa. The church is having a celebration this month to honor emancipation.

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