Historic African Burial Ground National Monument in New York Defaced with Racist Slur


The historic African Burial Ground Monument in New York was vandalized with a racist slur on Thursday.

A vandal wrote “Kill” and then the N-word in black marker on a plaque at the site, according to the NYPD. 

The defacement was promptly rubbed away. 

The Lower Manhattan monument marks a burial ground that contains approximately 15,000 intact skeletal remains of the city’s colonial African-American community. 

Those buried at the site — many of whom were slaves — were not permitted to be interred in traditional cemeteries. 

The monument’s website notes its historic significance. 

“African Burial Ground is the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans,” it says. “It protects the historic role slavery played in building New York…

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