The ten amateur excavators of Slack Farm paid $10,000 dollars to a new landowner of the Slack Farm property in 1987 for the right to dig at the site. After renting a tractor, the ten individuals spent two months destroying hundreds of Native American graves, preserved Mississippian culture houses, and unknown other sacred artifacts. Local complaints by the people of Uniontown led to the arrest of the perpetrators on the misdemeanor of "desecrating a venerable object" (a charge which is now a felony, in part due to the controversy over Slack Farm). Prosecution on this charge was difficult in the late 1980's, in part because this predated the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and related state legislation, which made it more clear that such activities were illegal.
The hundreds of broken bones were reburied by Native American groups. As of May 2007, Native American groups still meet in the area to commemorate the site and mourn the damage done.