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The Rev. Gregory L. Leonard, pastor of Bethel (Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

The Rev. Gregory L. Leonard, pastor of Bethel AME Church, lifts a rock inside the site that is being excavated. Laurel Hill, a section of Setauket, is one of the oldest African-American communities on Long Island. The foundations of a house have recently been discovered at the site. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Clues to black, American Indian Community

Archaeological dig in Setauket finds that American Indians and African American lived together.

Gravestones stand in the Old Bethel Cemetery in
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Gravestones stand in the Old Bethel Cemetery in Setauket where African-Americans who lived in the late 1700s through the 20th century, including several Civil War veterans, are buried. (Jan. 19, 2012)

A gravestone at the Old Bethel Cemetery in
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A gravestone at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Setauket. (Jan. 19, 2012)

The archaeological dig site in the Bethel-Christian Avenue-Laurel
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

The archaeological dig site in the Bethel-Christian Avenue-Laurel Hill Historic District of Setauket where the foundation of a house where Jacob and Hannah Hart lived with their eight children from the 1880s until about 1930 is being excavated. (Jan. 19, 2012)

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Idamae Glass, a longtime resident of Setauket and
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Idamae Glass, a longtime resident of Setauket and a member of the Bethel Historical Society, holds a copy of her great grandfather's 1865 Civil War soldier's discharge document. (Jan. 19, 2012)

Oil bottle fragments were found in an archaeological
(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Oil bottle fragments were found in an archaeological dig in the Bethel-Christian Avenue-Laurel Hill Historic District of Setauket which includes the site of one of the oldest African-American communities on Long Island. (January 11, 2012)

Marbles and smoking pipe fragments were found in
(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Marbles and smoking pipe fragments were found in an archaeological dig in Setauket. (January 11, 2012)

Fragments of a stoneware tankard or bottle were
(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Fragments of a stoneware tankard or bottle were found in an archeological dig in Setauket. (January 11, 2012)

The archaeological dig of a foundation of a
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

The archaeological dig of a foundation of a home in the Bethel-Christian Avenue-Laurel Hill Historic District inf Setauket is covered with white plastic to protect it over the winter. (Jan. 19, 2012)

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Buttons were among the artifacts found in an
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Buttons were among the artifacts found in an archaeological dig in Setauket. (January 11, 2012)

A spoon and fragments of a dish, a
(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

A spoon and fragments of a dish, a teacup and a knife were found in an archaeological dig in Setauket. (January 11, 2012)

Professor Chris Matthews of Hofstra University stands at
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Professor Chris Matthews of Hofstra University stands at the site of the archaeological dig in the Bethel-Christian Avenue-Laurel Hill Historic District of Setauket. (Jan. 19, 2012)

Hofstra Professor Chris Matthews, left, Pastor Gregory Leonard
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Hofstra Professor Chris Matthews, left, Pastor Gregory Leonard of the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Setauket, and community member Carleton Edward tour the archeological dig uncovering the Bethel-Spring Hill section of Setauket, one of the oldest African American communities on Long Island, Setauket. (Jan. 19, 2012)

Bethel AME Church/Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church stands
(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

Bethel AME Church/Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church stands in the center of Laurel Hill, a section of Setauket is one of the oldest African-American communities on Long Island. (Jan. 20, 2012)

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The Rev. Gregory L. Leonard, pastor of the
(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

The Rev. Gregory L. Leonard, pastor of the Bethel AME Church in Setauket, stands outside the church which has a congregation of about 200. (Jan. 20, 2012)

The Rev. Gregory L. Leonard, pastor of Bethel
(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

The Rev. Gregory L. Leonard, pastor of Bethel AME Church, lifts a rock inside the site that is being excavated. Laurel Hill, a section of Setauket, is one of the oldest African-American communities on Long Island. The foundations of a house have recently been discovered at the site. (Jan. 20, 2012)

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