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Coming Face-to-Face With the History of Slavery in New York City

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Cynthia Kirk 2006-2-19 (MUSIC) VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in V

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by cynthia kirk
2006-2-19

(music)

voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm faith lapidus.

voice two:

and i'm steve ember. slavery was not just in the south. some early americans in the north also owned african slaves. in fact, historians say the capital of american slavery for more than two hundred years was new york. in colonial times, one of out five people in the city was a slave.

1851: a slave named caesar (photographer unknown)

voice one:

now, many people are interested in learning more about this part of the history of america's largest city.

(music)

voice two:

a discovery in new york city in nineteen ninety-one brought people face-to-face with the past. workers found human remains as they broke ground for a new federal office building.

more than four hundred remains from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were unearthed. in nineteen ninety-three, officials declared the african burial ground a national historic landmark.

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