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Digging For Uprooted History In A Savannah Cemetery

A tree removal crew moves grave markers that were disrupted when Hurricane Matthew uprooted a large sweet gum tree. Once the stump is gone, city officials say it will take a lot of research to restore the monuments. (Emily Jones/GPB)
A tree removal crew moves grave markers that were disrupted when Hurricane Matthew uprooted a large sweet gum tree. Once the stump is gone, city officials say it will take a lot of research to restore the monuments. (Emily Jones/GPB)

When a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado hits, there’s often a lot of cleanup that comes afterward. In cemeteries and historic places, the damage can extend underground if uprooted trees tear up buried artifacts or even human remains.

Emily Jones ( @ejreports) of Here & Now contributor Georgia Public Broadcasting went along with a crew in Savannah that’s looking for unearthed history from last fall’s Hurricane Matthew.

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