Central Park was built on the backs of black people. Like, there’s an actual black neighborhood under the park.

Gentrification is nothing new, but did you know New York’s Central Park was built right on top of a black community?

“Today marks the end of an important excavation of New York City’s Central Park to uncover the remnants of Seneca Village, an African-American community founded in the 19th century. Researchers from the Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History have been digging for weeks to find clues about the village, which was founded in the 1820’s and destroyed by the construction of New York’s iconic park in the 1850s.”

[ Read the full article @ Colorlines ]