Efforts to unearth the truth behind the legend of freed slave, Venture Smith, are in jeopardy. A lawyer with no connection to the family has filed a lawsuit to stop the excavation.
It does not appear that a decision on this injunction will be made until early next week.
At issue now is whether or not this request can even go forward because the defense says the state archaeologist who is named in the suit does not have the authority to stop the dig – even if the injunction is against him is granted.
July 29, 2006
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