The remains of an unknown sailor were reinterred in an old graveyard at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Friday, setting the stage for formal preservation of the cemetery where black runaway slaves are believed to be buried.
In a five-minute ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Jefferson, a Navy chaplain, and the Rev. Lawrence Lucas, a Catholic clergyman, said prayers over a cream-colored marble urn containing the remains before the urn was placed in a freshly dug grave three feet deep.
"Our task is not a grievous one but one of pride and honor," said Jefferson.
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Hospital buildings and an overgrown cemetery that once held 1,500 bodies await transformation into a 20-acre "media campus" focused on entertainment, TV and graduate educational programs.
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