The Record unveiled further details about the historic carving discovered at a construction site in Secaucus.
eSecaucus shared Mayor Mike Gonnelli’s Facebook post about the discovery of the object on Tuesday. The mayor included a photo that featured part of the inscription.
The Record delved further into the story and discovered that the stone slab appears to be part of the pedestal of statue honoring Peter Stuyvesant, who governed New Jersey’s first settlement in what is now Jersey City.
The statue was authorized in 1910 and was erected at Bergen Square in Jersey City in 1913. A fire in the 1960s destroyed the original base, which somehow wound up buried in Secaucus.
The statue was moved onto a new base and remained in front of Martin Luther King Jr. School until 2010, when it was lent to Hudson County Community College, where the restored statue remains on display.
The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy is working to have the statue moved to its original location with a brand new base.