Twenty-five years ago, New York City officials discovered this burial ground in Lower Manhattan.
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The discovery comes 25 years after officials discovered another African burial ground in Lower Manhattan.

Taylor Lewis
Jan, 25, 2016

After years of speculation, New York City officials have found evidence of a forgotten African burial ground located in East Harlem.

The New York Times reports that for years, community organizers have insisted that burial grounds lie beneath what is now a bus station. However, last week, city officials announced that they had found 140 bones and bone fragments at the site, including the skull of a middle-aged African woman.

“We’re very excited,” City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito told the Times. “This is a way of affirming a part of Manhattan history that has been overlooked.” 

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Mark-Viverito said that the city would be working with the community to erect a fitting memorial to honor the burial ground. Last week’s discovery comes 25 years after officials discovered another African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan.