City Council to hear resolution on remains found at Gaillard Center

Local News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Tuesday night Charleston City Council will meet and they plan to discuss a resolution to the burial of remains found back in 2013 at the Gaillard Center, while the building was being built. This new burial is set to nearly six years later, on May 4, 2019.

The city will bury the remains in a new location they find most appropriate because of it’s proximity to the original location of where the remains were found.

Right now, the remains of 36 people, both adults, and children are being held in an interim location and being studied by archaeologists. Researchers are trying to learn as much as possible about the history of the remains, prior to the reinterment. 

So far, no relatives of the deceased are known, as researchers wait for the official DNA results to come back. These results are expected to come in before the May 4th ceremony. 

“The thirty-six people that are here, they are all of our ancestors,” LaSheia Oubre, Education and Outreach Coordinator of The Gullah Society said. “And whatever they did before they passed, was to build this city. Was to make Charleston what it is now. To give us a home that we have now.”

During the ceremony on the fourth, The Gullah Society will shut down George Street for a parade and hold an official ceremony. 

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.