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Long Deceased Slave Given Funeral, Burial Plans Made In Connecticut

Mr. Fortune Died 200 Years Ago
Employees of Green-Wood Cemetery install a headstone over the previously unmarked grave of a Civil War veteran at Green-Wood Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Employees of Green-Wood Cemetery install a headstone over the previously unmarked grave of a Civil War veteran at Green-Wood Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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WATERBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A slave who died more than 200 years ago in Connecticut but was never buried has finally been given a funeral and will be laid to rest, 1010 WINS reported.

The Rev. Amy D. Welin of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury told hundreds gathered for the service Thursday that Mr. Fortune, as he was called, was being buried not as a slave “but as a child of God who is blessed.”

Organizers said it’s a long overdue honor for the man who was never properly buried. His owner, a bone doctor, preserved his skeleton for medical study and a descendant eventually gave the bones to a museum, which put the skeleton on display.

Tests by Quinnipiac University confirmed Fortune lived with painful injuries. The cause of death was not determined.

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