New York Reburies Remains of Colonial-Era Blacks

Two handmade caskets from Ghana made for the African Burial Ground Memorial Project

Two handmade caskets from Ghana, made for the African Burial Ground Memorial Project, are ferried to New York City on Oct. 3, 2004. More than 400 caskets containing the remains of slaves will be buried in a ceremony. Chip East/Reuters/Corbis hide caption

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The remains of more than 400 slaves and freed blacks who died in the days before the Revolutionary War are reinterred in New York. They were uncovered more than a decade ago, during excavation of a construction site for a federal building in lower Manhattan. NPR's Alison Keyes reports.

Update: Keyes recently won a FrontPage Award from the News Women's Club of New York for her series of radio reports on the burial ground.

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