State Tells City to Dig Deeper to Unearth Possible Slave Remains in Gowanus

 On Thursday, officials called on the state to prompt a thorough investigation at the 9th Street lot for the remains of slaves and Revolutionary War soldiers. On Thursday, officials called on the state to prompt a thorough investigation at the 9th Street lot for the remains of slaves and Revolutionary War soldiers. View Full Caption

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GOWANUS — The state recommended Thursday that the city dig deeper into the soil of a proposed Gowanus pre-kindergarten site that may hold the remains of slaves and Revolutionary War soldiers.

On Thursday, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation sent the city’s School Construction Authority a letter revealing it had discovered traces of a 19th century cistern and well during a recent survey. It now recommends the agency excavate further at the Ninth Street lot,

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