By James Barron, nytimes.com
For not quite two centuries starting in the mid-1660s, when a Dutch village was established under the name Nieuw Haarlem, a church in Upper Manhattan had separate cemeteries, one for white parishioners, the other for descendants of Africans.
When the church moved, the remains of the white people were moved to a cemetery in the Bronx. The graves of the blacks were left where they were as the land was given over to a beer garden, a movie studio and, eventually, a block-square depot for streetcars and buses.
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