New York City Photo Archives Don't Feature Native Ironworkers, But Offer Other Historic Moments
A unique collection of New York photographs, maps, videos and audio files were recently digitized and are now available online for the public to view and search. Among the more than 870,000 photographs in the New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery you’ll even find a few historic Native American photographs. Surprisingly there don’t appear to be any photos of Indian ironworkers in the government projects section, however there are a few pertinent images.
The split boulder and plaque at the Zion Episcopal Church in Queens marks where the remains of Matinecock Indians were moved to a mass grave to make room for the expansion of Northern Boulevard. The move haunts local residents to this day. It even prompted Eric MaryEa, who is half Matinecock Indian, to film a documentary about his ancestors. He told New York Daily News in 2010 that ghosts have been sighted all over the area. He said some bank employees are afraid to venture to the basement because of banging on the vault and dishes at a now-closed China shop used to fall off the shelves. If you want to read more about that, check out the full story at NYDailyNews.com.