|Published:||Jun 03, 2011 11:00 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 06, 2011 12:37 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.-- The northeast corner of Fowler Street and 2nd Street in Fort Myers may not look very special now, but it's rich history spans back more than a century and a half.
During the Seminole Indian War between 1840 and 1860, military soldiers were buried at the site.
Mayor Randy Henderson was in attendance for the re-dedication. "We want to always remember that it is sacred and that we are bound by a civil society to recognize it and honor it in that way," Henderson said of the site.
Upon the creation of Fowler Street, it was believed that the existing graves were all relocated. However, during the 1993 expansion crews discovered many more remains and artifacts.
It was during this time that a previously installed marker was temporarily removed during construction and excavation for safekeeping. "We pulled it out of storage it was there for 20 years," said Henderson. "We dusted it off but we have some more restoration to do."
Since then, the Southwest Florida Historical Society has worked to get the plaque erected at the spot, which is now the parking lot of an appliance store.
Gerri Reaves with the Southwest Florida Historical Society hopes the plaque serves as a reminder and a lesson to future generations. "Were part of something bigger," Reaves said. "We're part of other people. And remembering is about all we have when it comes down to it of holding on to that."
Several of the remains found at the Fowler Street site were moved to the Fort Myers Cemetery on Michigan Ave.
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