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The Forgotten

Updated: Thursday, November 1 2012, 07:41 PM EDT
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There's a memorial project being proposed at one of mountains' most famous landmarks, Asheville's Riverside Cemetery. It's an effort to pay tribute to thousands of African Americans buried there, most in unmarked graves.

It was known as the colored section before Riverside was desegregated in 1952. There are more than 3,000 people buried there, but less than 20 percent of the graves are marked. Decades ago, most African Americans could not afford the cost of a headstone. That's why there is what appears to be so much empty space.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy says the city is working with Buncombe County to decide on an appropriate tribute. Organizers want it to be a community effort to remember "the forgotten".

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