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Who's Buried at the Mall?

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Before entering the north entrance of the Greenville Mall, shoppers pass 21 graves. Hidden by asphalt and cement blocks, it’s easy to miss them.

Shoppers like Emily Bethea say they find it rather creepy. "It's weird that it's just out here in the middle of the mall."

Tom Evans who is part of a long line of Evans doesn't find it creepy at all. “It's unique. There's certainly no place in Oregon that I ever went to that there was a cemetery in the parking lot of a plaza."

Evans a resident of Oregon grew up in Greenville and visited the cemetery during his most recent visit. Tom says he stopped at the mall to pay his respects to his great great grandfather, John S. Evans.

Bill Kittrell studies the history of Pitt County. He primarily focuses on genealogy and cemeteries. With the help of his team, he researched 45,000 bodies and catalogued them in a Pitt County Cemetery Survey.

During his study Kittrell learned he is also connected by marriage to the Evans family.

The Evans of Whales go back to the frontier days. Richard Evans and Susanna Coutanch, familiar street names in Greenville divided their land in 1771 and started Martinsborough.

After the towne relocated south of the Tar River, the name changed to Greenesville. It was named in honor of General Nathanael Greene, an American revolutionary war hero.

Before the mall's opening in 1965, the cemetery stood on a pecan grove. But for the grove to be cleared, the Evans Family demanded the cemetery stay intact. So the mall built around it.

During our investigation, we learned that during the Ale House’s construction, workers complained of hearing noises, so are they resting in peace?

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