Bronx Man Is Arrested in Defacing of African Burial Ground Monument


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A Bronx man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with defacing the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan three weeks ago with a threatening racist slur.

The man, Ivan Nieves, 57, was charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct but not any hate crime. He was released on bond by a federal magistrate judge pending further proceedings.

In the Nov. 1 incident, the authorities said, a vandal used a black marker to scrawl “Kill” followed by the slur on a plaque that offers a brief history of the burial ground, which is estimated to contain 15,000 intact skeletal remains of New York’s colonial African-American community.

Discovered in 1991, the hallowed space is the “oldest and largest known excavated…

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