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Remains Of 18th-Century Slaves To Be Reburied In New York

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The skeletal remains of more than a dozen 18th-century African-American slaves unearthed in upstate New York a decade ago will be reburied.

The Times Union reports organizers of the reburial project are asking artists and craftspeople to submit proposals to design and create 14 wooden containers that the remains will be buried in.

The containers and remains will lie in state at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany on June 17 and will be reburied the next day at a cemetery in Menands, just north of the city.

Thirteen of the skeletal remains were unearthed in 2005 during a municipal sewer line project near what was once the Hudson River estate of the prominent Schuyler family. Since then, the remains have been stored at the State Museum.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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