New Plaque Marks Spot of Wall Street Slave Market

NEW YORK (AP) -
The plaque marking the site of the colonial-era Wall Street slave market. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)
The plaque marking the site of the colonial-era Wall Street slave market. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

New York City officials on Saturday dedicated a plaque marking the site of an open-air slave market on Wall Street that operated from 1711 to 1762.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the dedication ceremony that the slaves played a vital role in building New York City even though their time on earth “literally did not belong to them.”

City Council member Jumaane Williams said New York was “built on the backs of slaves.”