Specialists using ground-penetrating radar have detected hundreds of previously undiscovered gravesites in an African-American burial ground that dates to the 1830s. The New York Landmarks Conservancy announced the discovery at Staten Island’s Rossville A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery, part of the historic Sandy Ground community that was among the nation’s first free-black settlements.
Before the radar survey, there were 97 known burial sites, many marked by headstones, on the 1.6-acre burial ground. Conservancy President Peg Breen said another 576 were discovered by radar at an average depth of about 10 feet, bringing the number of total gravesites to 673.
You can read more in an Associated Press story by Ula Ilnytzky at http://goo.gl/ngs9B8.
My thanks to newsletter reader Ernest Thode for telling me about this article.