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The remnants of an entire black community pushed out by the creation of Central Park in the 1850s are being given new life thanks to a team of anthropologists and historians who have been busy digging up the items for the past eight weeks.

Settled in the 1820s, Seneca Village was a mostly black community of 260 residents, comprised of working- and middle-class property owners, the New York Times explains. It stretched from 82nd to 89th streets, between what were then Seventh and Eighth avenues.

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