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ndembowski
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I am sure that’s true.  The local Black people had to be buried somewhere close by.  I would like to find some kind of documentary evidence for it being at that location.  Are you aware of any?  I know the NYHS has some Van Cortlandt family documents and some day I will look through them for any kind of reference to the slave burial ground.  Also, the Westchester Co. Historical Society has a lengthy diary of one of the Van Cortlandts that has never been transcribed–I wonder if anything is in there.  I did just find this about the cemetery and another burial place at Sedgwick Avenue.  It is from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Volume 20.  I was kind of surprised when I saw the author–none other than Thomas Henry Edsall (the first local historian)!  No mention of the African burial ground, though.