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SUNY Cobleskill to Host Discussion of Schuyler Flatts Archeology Project and Slavery in New York State

Written By Editor on 2/7/17 | 2/7/17

Cobleskill, NY — In honor of Black History Month, SUNY Cobleskill is hosting a presentation and forum about the Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project, an archeological examination of the remains of 14 people enslaved by New York’s Schuyler family that offers a glimpse into colonial-era slavery in America. The forum will feature Project Manager Evelyn Kamili King as well as Lisa Anderson, Curator of Bioarcheology at the New York State Museum.

The Schuyler Flatts discovery was first made in 2005 during a construction project in Menands, when archeologists found several graves containing, in all, 14 individuals. Investigation revealed that the remains were of African descent and roughly 200 years old. That and other data led to the conclusion that they were likely enslaved by the prominent Schuyler family.

The forum, to be held on February 16 at 7 p.m. in the Bouck Auditorium at SUNY Cobleskill, will cover the discovery and analysis of data, the story of the reburial of the remains last year, and the topic of slavery in New York State.

In addition to managing the Schuyler Flatts Burial Project, Evelyn Kamili King has spent many years working in the public education sector with a focus on advocating for at-risk African American youth. She holds a master’s degree from the College of St. Rose and a bachelor degree from California State University.

Lisa Anderson, Curator of Bioarchealogy at the New York State Museum, researches the biological effects of behavioral and cultural changes on populations in New York before and after the time of European contact.

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