NC family fights relocation of ancestral graves

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A family is challenging Raleigh’s plan to relocate a small family cemetery dating to the 19th century to make way for a $7 million road-widening project.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Mayor Nancy McFarlane has asked a committee to review the issue after pleas this week from descendants of the people buried in the cemetery on Leesville Road.

The cemetery is located in what once was a sleepy, rural area on the outskirts of the city. Now it is surrounded by subdivisions on a road that sees up to 30,000 cars a day. The city wants to widen the street to ease traffic congestion.

Donna Mitchell of Smithfield has many relatives buried there, including her mother. Mitchell wants the cemetery to remain where it is.

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