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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Six Feet Under the Sunoco Station

From W*USA 9 News (Washington, D. C.):

Gas Station Built On Cemetery Poses New Problems For Owner

Written by Peggy Fox
Created:8/5/2005

Oscar Butt is living the American Dream. Just eight-years after moving to America, he bought this gas station on Washington Street in Alexandria for $250,000.

Oscar has owned it for 15-years and has paid off the loan. But now his dream is in jeopardy and so is the future for his wife and four children.

"I had no idea what was here," says Oscar.

Underneath the gas station is a cemetery filled [with] freed slaves. City officials say x-ray photos and documents show between 1200 and 1800 people are buried here.

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