Activists denounce African burial ground vandalization

“We are angry! We are livid and we want an arrest!” shouted Assemblyman Charles Barron outside the African Burial Ground National Monument near City Hall that was vandalized last week with a racial slur suggesting that Black people be killed.

The hallowed ground is said to contain the remains of 15,000 enslaved and free Africans who lived and worked in colonial New York. In 1991, more than 400 skeletal remains were discovered during the construction of the Ted Weiss Federal Building. Community organizers and activists quickly acted to preserve the sacred ground as a New York City landmark. The African Burial Ground National Monument was finally proclaimed Feb. 27, 2006. It is one of the oldest and largest burial grounds in North America for both free and enslaved Africans.


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