Ruthie Pope/Special to the Independent
Approximately 12 people came out Saturday to assist in the cleaning of the slave cemetery in in the Pondberry Preserve off White Woods Road. Among them was Roger White, whose family once owned the property. He was seated and spoke to the group about the history of the land. Volunteers spent the morning removing limbs and brush that had already been cut from the cemetery and piled it off to the side to be burned. Rob Evans is in charge of the preserve and gave instructions on where to pile the brush. Tarheel ChalleNGe cadets arrived later and helped rake and stack wood.