Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Kingston Land Trust raises funds to buy Pine Street African Burial Ground

Planning committee meeting

KINGSTON – The campaign to raise the funds necessary to purchase the property that contains the forgotten historic African Burial Ground in Uptown Kingston is underway with the Kingston Land Trust’s goal of reaching the $200,000 mark.

Countless graves have been identified with ground-penetrating radar employed by the SUNY New Paltz geography department.

Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr said they hope to raise the funds by the end of February, which is designated annually as Black History Month.

“It’s a forgotten burial ground so it is currently in a residential neighborhood and it is at risk of going to auction so we want to purchase it for its protection and to open it as an interpretive center for the community,” Farr said.

The Land Trust has committed $40,000 toward the purchase and the locally-based Harambee’s Coalition is helping to raise the remaining $160,000 to purchase the land in a bank short-sale.

Farr said the coalition feels the effort is especially important since 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America.


Land Trust members survey the site

 

 


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