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UMC Expansion Hits Dead End After Unmarked Graves Were Found

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Both men underwent surgery at UMC but the 38-year-old Solomon did not survive. Both men underwent surgery at UMC but the 38-year-old Solomon did not survive.
Officials at University of Mississippi medical center in Jackson are forced to change their expansion plans after the recent discovery of close to 2,000 unmarked graves. The graves were found by ground penetrating radar on two plots of land that were slated for two construction projects for two new buildings and a parking garage. 
The graves are believed to belong to patients who lived at the old state Insane Asylum, which was located on what is now UMC's campus. The old state hospital existed from the mid 1800's until it closed in the 1930's, and was replaced by the hospital at Whitfield.   
During a construction project to widen a road near the current site, officials found 66 graves last year.
 Those remains are now being analyzed by experts and students at Mississippi State University.
 The site also housed a church at one time.
 Marked graves found years ago at UMC were exhumed and reburied in a cemetery on campus. But they have no plans to relocate the new graves.
 At $3,000 per grave, official say it would not be economically feasible or proper to disturb the burial sites.


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