African American remains from Newburgh sit on shelf in New Paltz

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NEWBURGH – It has been more than 10 years since several sets of African American remains, believed to have been interred in a cemetery at Broadway and Robinson Avenue in Newburgh were unearthed and send to SUNY New Paltz.

The city council has discussed in recent years where to place them back in Newburgh and Mayor Torrance Harvey said they have a general area where they would like to bring them home.

“There has to be a resting place agreed upon and brought forward by resolution to house those remains, to restore them back to the earth, and so the committee has made a number of attempts to try to find a resting place at Downing Park and they have to make an appeal to the Downing Park Committee,” he said.

At this point, no location has been identified, the mayor said.

It had also been proposed to build a memorial adjacent to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. bust on Marine Drive, but that too, has apparently gone nowhere.