Hidden History: Slave Cemetery in Middle of the Metroplex

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IRVING, Texas -- You've probably driven by a piece of hidden history without even realizing it. In the shadow of DFW Airport, there's a graveyard called "Shelton's Bear Creek Cemetery." More than 200 former slaves are buried there.

It's in rough shape these days.

Irving NAACP founder Anthony Bond has been visiting the cemetery for 20 years.

"I keep hearing it every time I come here," he said. "I heard it today. Anthony, don't let people disrespect our final resting place."

He gets help from Frances James. Some people call her the cemetery lady because she knows so much about historic cemeteries. Some people were a little skeptical at first about seeing her at a slave cemetery.

"At first, when Anthony would bring me some of them still looked at me, what's this white woman doing here?" James said. "What is she going to do to us?"

They teamed up to get a historical marker for "Shelton's Bear Creek." The cemetery still feels the squeeze from development on all sides.

But thanks to the work of Anthony Bond and Frances James, a piece of history is still there, right in the middle of the Metroplex.

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