The Disturbing Erasure of Black Burial Grounds

The gentrification of these once sacred spaces is costing us our culture

Amber Butts
ZORA

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Illustration: Bimpe Alliu

There are many parts to this story and all of them are true.

I dug my first grave at the age of six, in the backyard of a house that is no longer there. The house was behind a street that sucked the spirit out of alive Black boys. I’d known…

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Amber Butts
ZORA

Amber Butts is a storyteller, cultural strategist, and grief worker. She firmly believes in the bonds of living beings everywhere.