(NEWSER) – Florida developers want to build townhouses on a 3-acre plot of land that once housed a black cemetery. But residents are raising a question first: What happened to all the bodies buried there? The Deerfield Beach City Commission will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the development, continuing a 40-year dispute over how to handle land where 300 to 400 people may have been buried as far back as the 1800s, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
"I saw it with my own eyes, I am a living eyewitness," says 83-year-old Benjamin Miller of family and friends once buried there. If someone relocated the bodies, "they didn't notify me, and they didn't notify my mother, and they didn't notify my daddy." Mayor Jean Robb says bodies were moved to another cemetery decades ago, but hasn't been able to confirm that story.