Sixty years ago, a fence was put up in Mineola, Tex., a town about 80 miles east of Dallas. The fence was placed on a cemetery ground that, at the time, served as the separating point between white and black burial plots. Fourteen years ago, after citizen involvement, this separation ended and people were no longer buried by race and skin color, but the fencing still remained. Removing the fence has been a challenge, as each side of the cemetery was owned by separate cemetery associations. However, recently the citizens of the community, with help of the city, brought all parties together to ensure a long overdue dialogue that led to the successful removal of the fence, CNN reports, finally sweeping away the old cobwebs and damning symbolism of a haunting bygone era. On July 15th a public works crew of five people removed all 1,280 feet of the chain link fencing. In the words of Mineola City Manager, Mercy Rushing, “the fence that separated us brought us back together by uniting and removing it once and for all.”

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