New York City to finally recognize it was once home to a slave market

April 15, 2015 1:50 PM

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New York City to finally recognize it was once home to a slave market

One tends to think of slavery as an evil that gripped the American South, but New York City is getting ready to acknowledge its own past in the human trade: For more than half of the 18th century, the Big Apple was home to a slave market, a fact the city will mark with a sign in a small park just a block from where the market once stood at Wall and Pearl streets, reports WNYC.

The freestanding marker is expected to be unveiled on Juneteenth. "The slaves of that time and place helped build City Hall," one city councilman says.

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