NEW YORK-Professors from New York colleges including NYU, Barnard and Columbia as well as their archaeology students have uncovered a lost Black village under Central Park in New York City. reports:

At its height, Seneca Village was a robust community of nearly 300 people that existed between between the 1820s and 1850s. Though it was a predominately Black neighborhood, housing some of the first Black property owners in the city, it was also home to white European immigrants, who were coexisting peacefully with their African-American neighbors. The diverse community spanned from 81st to 89th street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues. But then came plans for Central Park, and Seneca Village, and the thriving community that lived there, was decimated.



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