Tombs, Crypts, and Graves Popping Up Where You Wouldn't Expect Them
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Roslyn Wright made a discovery in the backyard of her Northwest Charlotte home. "Everywhere you see a stick, that's where a head stone was found," she said.
Wright discovered more than 50 graves that remain of the Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery.
Historians say Robin's discovery is all too common in Mecklenburg County. It doesn't surprise Kelly Alexander. His grandfather ran the Alexander Funeral Home at the time many were buried in cemeteries like this one. He says North Carolina has never required records for religious cemeteries.
"Nobody has anything other than the memory of that family member about what's going in that cemetery," said Alexander. Since there are no records of these cemeteries, Robyn's battle continues. "They should make them register them and that way so its recorded.
For five years she's fought with her developer, Homeowner's Association and Mecklenburg
Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement says both parties in a real estate transaction are responsible for providing information about old cemeteries. State lawmakers are looking into the possibility of registering the cemeteries during their next session.