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Clues to black, American Indian Community

The Rev. Gregory L. Leonard, pastor of Bethel

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) Photo Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney

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

Gravestones stand in the Old Bethel Cemetery in
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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

The archaeological dig site in the Bethel-Christian Avenue-Laurel
Photo 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)

Idamae Glass, a longtime resident of Setauket and
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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)

Buttons were among the artifacts found in an
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

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

A spoon and fragments of a dish, a
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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)

The Rev. Gregory L. Leonard, pastor of the
Photo 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
Photo 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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