A mega-mall developer wanted to dig up bodies in a local Colored burial ground in West Nyack, New York, to build the country’s eighth-largest mall. Filmmakers Alice and Alicia Crowe tell the untold story of one man’s fight to keep the cemetery alive. Hezekiah Easter, Jr., is a driven local community leader determined to honor the rightful resting places of men and women buried at Mount Moor Cemetery. Easter set out to give dignity and respect in death to those who were often denied these things while living. Mount Moor is more than 170 years old. Black soldiers who fought in every major conflict in America are buried in Mount Moor.
One of the graves at Mount Moor is Lafayette Logan, who fought in the Civil War with the legendary Black Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the unit made famous in the motion picture “Glory.” About a half-dozen, others were members of the Buffalo Soldiers, Black units who fought in the Spanish American War. Mount Moor Cemetery is the burying place of American heroes. Assault on Mount Moor is an episode in the series Secrets of the Hollow, the Hidden History of Blacks in Rockland County. Filmmaker and attorney Alicia M. Crowe was the attorney who represented Mount Moor Cemetery Association.