I want to focus my research paper on the archaeological inverstigations that took place in the 1990s at the African-American burial ground in downtown Manhatten. While looking at the archaeology I want to explore how these excavations not only brought to light the physical remains themselves but the forgotten history of slavery in New York. The impression I have gotten from reading about the history of American slavery is that the academic focus has benn primarily focused on the southern states while the northern states are only mentioned in passing. Furthermore, from what I've read it seems that the majority of New Yorkers as well as many Americans were shocked when the cemetary came to light as many had beleived, or forgotten, that the northern colonies had long held traditions of slavery, in effect violent ones. In my paper, I would like to examine how the excavation in lower manhatten jolted the memory of slavery in the area and how archaeologists and the finds themselves influenced that awakening. My subject is still broad and needs to be narrowed. I would also like to see if I can take it in a more original direction which will be in mind as I continue to look through sources.