Schuyler Flatts Burial Project lays former enslaved individuals to rest

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Human remains found during a construction project in 2005 was finally laid to rest on Friday and Saturday.

During the project, the human remains of 14 individuals, six women, one man, two children, and five infants, were discovered during the construction project in Colonie.

According to the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Members of the Hartgen Archeological Associates and bioarchaeologists from the New York State Museum were contacted and were able to determine that the remains were nearly 200 years old.

The remains were found on the land that once belonged to the colonial Schulyer family, the family that enslaved them.

“We thought it was proper that they be honored in this way. This was something that never would have happened to an enslaved individual, to someone of African descent, and so we thought that it would be appropriate,” Cordell Reaves, a member of the Schuyler Flatts Burial Project, and Historic Interpretation and Preservation Analyst for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said.

Displays, music, and poetry will be performed and the public is invited to attend and pay their respects and learn about their lives.

On June 17, from noon to 8 p.m., the remains will lie in state at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site.

On June 18, 11 a.m. to noon , the remains will be buried in buried in the Founder’s Hill section of historic St. Agnes Cemetery, in plots provided and prepared by the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries.

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