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Changing Landscape Obscures the Past - New York, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 40° 42.866 W 074° 00.254
18T E 584106 N 4507534
Quick Description: One of a few plaques at the African Burial Ground National Monument.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 7/8/2018 10:59:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMYPTN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
The plaque says, "The African Burial Ground was labeled "Negros Burial Ground" on the 1755 map at the right. Colonial New York laws banned African funerals in officially consecrated graveyards, prohibiting gatherings of large numbers of enslaved Africans, decreed that funerals had to be held during daylight. Nonetheless, Africans and their descendants held burial ceremonies in a cemetery outside the city wall, near a ravine. As New York City expanded northeast, the burial ground was closed in 1794 and eventually divided into lots for sale. The land was filled in and buildings ere constructed on top. For almost two centuries, New York City's growth obscured the graves and the African Burial Ground was nearly forgotten."
Civil Right Type: Race (U.S. Civil Rights movement)

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