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The Blacks That Built Wall Street

The Blacks That Built Wall Street

There are over 20,000 African Slaves buried in that plot of land that you see before you...

The corner of Duane and Elk Streets were far different 300 years ago EXACTLY, when the first bodies were interred here...

When ground was broken for a new Federal Building in 1991, the Federal Government at first DENIED that bones were discovered here. They were planning on NEVER telling anyone, but several construction workers thwarted them by telling concerned citizens that TRUCKLOADS of bones were being removed on a nightly basis...

People got interested and consulted old maps of New York. They discovered on an old map the words "NEGRO BURIAL GROUND" and decided to alert the media.

The bones that were removed and taken to Washington for further study. Through the diligence of concerned New Yorkers of ALL races, the spot was declared a National Monument in 1993.

12 years later the remains of 400 men, women and children were returned for a proper, ceremonious burial attended by THOUSANDS.

This 5.5 acre plot is open to the public, worthy of visiting upon your next trip to New Amsterdam, I mean, New York....

The photo at bottom right shows how this area, Duane and Elk Street in Manhattan, appeared in the 1800's....

Those interred here are the Slaves that built the famous massive wall that gave Wall Street it's name....



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