Slave burial ground discovered in East New York

The development of a new building in East New York has led to the discovery of sacred land where African-American slaves had once been buried.

Officials say construction came to a halt at 683 Barbey St. when a map was found laying out the cemetery. Crews began digging until a quote from 1885 by John Scank was uncovered saying the site was a burial ground for slaves.

Local groups say they plan to take the new information and educate the community on the history that lies beneath them.

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