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Group searches for unmarked graves

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By Kyle Grainger - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC  (WMBF) - Search teams looked through a piece of property in Myrtle Beach for graves they say are unmarked.

The group searched the corner of Broadway and Collins Street Tuesday, an area that used to be home to a slave cemetery.  The graves were moved many years ago to a location behind the convention center.

Some wonder if they got all of them.

Evidence found on Tuesday shows they may not have. The county brought in ground scanning equipment to see if there are any areas where the ground had been changed.

This is the same type scan they have been doing all over the county at cemeteries, and so far, they say they've found close to 200 possible new grave sites.

"We got this through a grant last summer through Preserve America. Probably in the past two weeks, we've found about 200 graves in the county," said Adam Emrick. 

Horry County Councilman Marion Foxworth says he hopes the county will one day build a park in this area.  He'd like to have it called New Town Park after Myrtle Beach's original name - New Town.

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