Slave burial at the root of Millerton mystery

A tombstone for former slave Thomas Stansbury is located outside the walls of the North East Center Burying Ground. Photo submitted

MILLERTON — Rumors, lore and simple gossip are often the life-blood of small towns, but there are times when it seems important to track down the truth — elusive though it may be. 

And for the past year and a half, according to Dutchess County Legislator Gregg Pulver (R-19), just such a quest has involved a number of North East residents who are working diligently to “do the right thing,” by a former slave, Thomas Stansbury.

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