Slavery was common in the New Paltz area and may have even predated the founding of the town. Some of the earliest Huguenot families in the area were slave owners. It's believed that by 1790, there were roughly 300 slaves in the New Paltz area, making up approximately 13% of the population.
The burial ground on Huguenot Street was discovered in 2000. A survey of the land is necessary to know how many people are buried there but thus far, the property owners have refused to agree to a survey. Until that happens, the exact number of remains at the site will be unknown.