NBC News – In the summer of 2005, construction workers were putting in a new sewer line when they discovered the remains of more than a dozen bodies buried in plain coffins.
They are believed to be slaves of Albany's prominent Schuyler Family in the 18th century as they were found across the street from what's left of the Schuyler Flatts Estate.
There's finally going to be an honorable burial for what experts believe are the remains of more than a dozen slaves: seven adults and seven children.
We don't know their names but facial reconstructions give us a clue as to what they may have looked like.
Lisa Anderson, Curator Of Bioarchaeology at the State Museum used the adult bones along with documents like census data, runaway slave posters, and even a memoir to paint a picture of their lives.
"All of them worked fairly hard throughout their entire lives. So they... Even they youngest woman had signs of arthritis," Anderson said.
The Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project has organized a memorial in mid-June before the former slaves are buried one last time at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, New York.
"I just felt like we had to fix it. We had to right a wrong," Kelly Grimaldi of Albany Diocesan Cemeteries said.
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