19 unmarked burial sites found near planned Ford battery park

The 19 unmarked burial sites were discovered during archaeological fieldwork in March.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nineteen unmarked graves have been discovered at a burial site near the future Ford Electric Battery Park in Hardin County.

The burials were discovered during additional archaeological field work completed in March, according to the Army Corp of Engineers.

Ford had to complete a license application review with the Department of the Army. Part of this requirement was that Ford contract with a qualified archaeologist to examine a cemetery location at the proposed Ford Electric Battery Plant site to determine if unmarked graves were present.

An official told WHAS11 News there had been a previous burial transfer to the site in accordance with Kentucky state law. However, the Corps said it had no involvement in the resettlement.

The Corps said it was coordinating with the Kentucky Heritage Council and the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office as well as the family’s descendants regarding the unmarked burial.

Officials said a plan to move the cemetery is under review and must proceed “in accordance with Kentucky state law.”

They do not anticipate that the review of the cemetery relocation plan will delay the DA Corps permit decision.

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