While taking a further look, Vaughn found an abandoned cemetery in a wooded area.
During the next few days he felt the need to visit the cemetery and clean up what he could.
Vaughn told Eyewitness News that he did not know the cemetery was for former slaves until another older man came to visit his father's grave.
HAPPENING NOW: Volunteers in Fort Bend Co. have gathered to clean-up an ex-slave cemetery.— Katherine Marchand (@KatherineMABC13) February 2, 2019
The man spearheading the effort has an incredible story!!!
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The two men have since become lifelong friends, and have teamed up with their restoration efforts.
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The word quickly spread, and more than 200 volunteers gathered Saturday morning to help clean up.