Remains at Prince William Co. school site reburied

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Prince William County school officials and a family have laid to rest remains unearthed during a construction project.

Workers found the more than 100-year-old remains last November as they were preparing to build playing fields for a new high school near Manassas.

Local historians concluded they likely belonged to ancestors of the Lynn family, which has deep roots in the area.

The remains were a source of controversy after current members of the Lynn family became upset that school officials removed the remains to allow for a football field to be built.

A schools spokesman says the construction plans couldn’t be changed to avoid the gravesite.

The Washington Post reports ( ) that the family and the district compromised, reburying the remains in a nearby plot during a solemn ceremony Saturday.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up