New York State Funeral Directors Association

Collage combines the profile photos of former slaves in America. These individuals were interviewed as part of the project “Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project.” From the Library of Congress. The individuals, Left-to-right are: William Moore, Mary Kincheon, James Johnson and Sarah Ashley. May they all rest in peace.

New York State was a destination for many freed and escaped slaves before and after the Civil War.

But occupants of the Empire State hosted their share of people who were considered property and lived a life of toil and torment.

In the past these people were mostly unnamed, faceless figures pooled into a category: Slaves.

View of Arlington National Cemetery, photo by Elizabeth Fraser

Arlington National Cemetery is a national symbol of the reverence bestowed upon those who serve America in the armed forces.

There are as many as 30 funeral services taking place there every weekday and another 10 on Saturdays.

At the current rate, this 152-year-old cemetery could run out of room in as few as 25 years.

Some people voice their wishes when discussing what will happen with them after they pass away.

It’s hard to consider doing anything but what they asked.

But some have been placing ashes at the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

There are better places for the remains of veterans.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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