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Woman struggles to preserve land that was once church, cemetery

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By Claude Lewis

Julia Henderson may be getting on in years, but her mind is sharp.

When she closes her eyes, she can still see it.

"I was in my early 20s," said Henderson, who is now in her 80s. "The AME Church was the center of the Adamsville community. Behind the church, I remember seeing mounds where bodies were buried. They were unmarked. There were no names."

Today, those reflections have been clouded by visions of men with land-clearing machinery, then putting up barbed wire fencing around the church yard, and finally letting cattle run free on the land.


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