14 long-forgotten slave remains reburied in NY ceremony
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The long-forgotten remains of 14 slaves discovered more than a decade ago in upstate New York have been reburied.
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries’ spokesman Jonathan Cohen says Saturday the ceremony included prayers from a Ghanaian priestess, an imam and others.
Archaeologists found the remains in 2005 after a backhoe operator uncovered a skull during sewer construction just north of Albany.
No personal items from the graves were exhumed. But experts believe they were slaves buried in the 18th or early 19th centuries.
A local group called the Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project wanted to make sure the seven adults, five infants and two children are never forgotten again.
Cohen says there was a feeling of fellowship among the roughly 300 people who attended the burial at a nearby cemetery.