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.