Councilman Wants To Build Museum, Park At Site Of African Burial Ground
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A Brooklyn councilman is launching an effort to build a museum and park on the site of a historic burial ground.
At a Black History Month event at New Lots Community Church, Charles Barron proposed the African Burial Ground Square on the site of what is now Schenck Playground in East New York.
It would be built over a site where African slaves are said to be buried near the New Lots Library.
"Our ancestors have to remembered," Barron said. "I want our people to feel good about their accomplishments, but I want the city to recognize and respect them by building a memorial where their grounds were disturbed."
Barron is now working to raise money for the project.