P.S. 48 students discover slave burial ground in Hunts Point

The Museum of New York City recently published 50,000 historic photos, one of which was an image titled

The Museum of New York City recently published 50,000 historic photos, one of which was an image titled "Slave Burying Ground" on Hunts Point Road. (1/24/14)

HUNTS POINT - Students in Hunts Point started studying a park and found that slaves from hundreds of years ago are buried there.

The Museum of New York City recently published 50,000 historic photos, one of which was an image titled "Slave Burying Ground" on Hunts Point Road. Locals wanted to know more, as did students from nearby P.S. 48. They found that Drake Park in Hunts Point was a burial ground for slaves from many years ago.

With the help of their teachers, students collected things like wills and old newspapers. They have since been able to name 41 people who are buried in the park.

Now, local leaders like Sen. Jeff Klein are pushing to historically preserve the site through the State of New York. If and when the site becomes historically preserved by the state, officials hope to nominate it for the National Register of Historic Places.

For extended interviews on the burial ground discovery, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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