Plaque marks slave mar­ket site

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

New York City of­fi­cials have ded­i­cated a plaque mark­ing the site of an 18th cen­tury slave mar­ket on Wall Street.

The plaque com­mem­o­rates the open-air slave mar­ket that op­er­ated there from 1711 to 1762.

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said at the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony that the slaves played a vi­tal role in build­ing New York City even though their time on Earth “lit­er­ally did not be­long to them.”

City Coun­cil mem­ber Ju­maane Wil­liams said New York was “built on the backs of slaves.”

The marker was first pro­posed by Christo­pher Cobb, a Brook­lyn-based artist and writer.

The lan­guage on the plaque was pre­pared by the Parks Depart­ment and Land­marks Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Christo­pher Moore, for­mer di­rec­tor of re­search at the Schom­burg Cen­ter for Re­search in Black Cul­ture.

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