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Historians Hope Lot Is Key to Missing Revolutionary War Soldiers

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American Revolutionary War reenactors fire musket blanks during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston, Massachusetts, on March 19, 2017.(Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 24 Jul 2017 09:11 PM

Land slated for a Pre-Kindergarten school in Brooklyn could contain a mass grave for Revolutionary War-era soldiers, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The lot at Ninth Street and Third Avenue in the Park Slope neighborhood has long been suspected to hold a mass grave for nearly 260 soldiers who died during the Battle of Brooklyn 241 years ago, soldiers also known as the “Maryland 400.”

An archeological study will be conducted to determine if a mass grave exists, and, if it does, some preservationists think it should be used for a memorial instead of a school.

“There would be a necessity by law and by obvious public demand to treat the remains respectfully,” said Robert Furman, president of the Brooklyn Preservation Council. “We are talking about some of the first American soldiers to die in the war for independence.”

Kimberly Maier, the executive director at the Old Stone House and Washington Park in Brooklyn, doesn’t believe the investigation will turn up a mass grave. Historian Owen Laurie at the Maryland State Archives is also skeptical.

Maier said there are a few reasons she doesn’t believe there will be proof, including “that the area has been significantly disturbed over the years, there is a lot of landfill in the area, there was a road that ran right through the site.”

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Land slated for a Pre-Kindergarten school in Brooklyn could contain a mass grave for Revolutionary War-era soldiers, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.The lot at Ninth Street and Third Avenue in the Park Slope neighborhood has long been suspected to hold a mass grave...
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