NEW MARKET, Tenn. — Hundreds of graves belonging to slaves and military veterans have been revealed during a cleanup at a historically black cemetery in Tennessee.

WBIR-TV reported on Friday that volunteers from Young’s Memorial AME Zion Church in New Market are working to identify the graves and connect families to those buried.

The station reports soldiers buried there fought in the Civil War and World War II.

The volunteers have spent a year working to restore the gravesites that had been hidden in a wooded area. Zack Taylor says at least 450 people had been buried under the three tons of dirt there.

Young’s Memorial AME Zion pastor Bernice Osborne says the finding can help generations know their heritage.

Information from: WBIR-TV,

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