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In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863

Leslie M. Harris


In 1991 in lower Manhattan, a team of construction workers made an astonishing discovery. Just two blocks from City Hall, under twenty feet of asphalt, concrete, and rubble, lay the remains of an eighteenth-century “Negro Burial Ground.” Closed in 1790 and covered over by roads and buildings throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the site turned out to be the largest such find in North America, containing the remains of as many as 20,000 African Americans. The graves revealed to New Yorkers and the nation an aspect of American history long hidden: the vast number of enslaved blacks ... More

Keywords: Manhattan, Negro burial grounds, African Americans, New York, slavery, emancipation, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226317748
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226317755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie M. Harris, author