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Historical place NYC

The African Burial Ground

Cemeteries are, at the very least, as much for the living as they are for the dead. They are the locus of tribute and memory; affirming connections to a place and its yore. And so during the construction of a General Services Administration office building in Lower Manhattan in 1991, a little more than 20 feet below the ground, graves were discovered. And those remains led to the discovery of hundreds of other bodies in the same area. Excavations at…

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