Mount Pleasant Town Council to consider plan to exhume human remains
MOUNT PLEASANT — On Tuesday, a plan will be presented to Mount Pleasant Town Council to exhume six sets of human remains buried along Simmons Street and inter them in Ocean Grove Cemetery.
Bones were first discovered in August during underground work for an $850,000 wastewater project on Simmons near McCants Drive.
Within a week after council approval, the effort to dig up the bones and inter them will begin. A licensed funeral director will be employed. Friendship AME Church will particpate.
Overall, the tab is expected to be about $30,000, an expense that will be added to the cost of the work to replace a leaky force main.
The bones are believed to date to between 1870 and 1880, and are likely African-American, officials said.
The caskets have disintegrated, but something with a name on it might be found when the remains are dug up, said Mount Pleasant Waterworks spokeswoman Nicole Bates.
“As of right now, the identities are unknown,” she said.