In the letter written to Gov. Murphy in 2020 by the tribal representative of the State of NJ Commission of American Indian Affairs supporting the Liberty State Park Protection Act, the commission points to the location's historical significance and as the site of tragedy where the Pavonia Massacre (aka Communipaw Massacre) took place.
On February 25, 1643, as a retaliation for not accepting the demand to pay tribute to Gov. Kieft of New Netherlands, the Dutch soldiers killed 120 Lenape people and burned down the camps in Communipaw. This massacre started many more violent encounters between the Lenape people and the Dutch settlers, and they will eventually be known as Kieft's War in what is now New York and New Jersey.
During our research, we concluded that the exact location was not something we could find without expertise. The letter above mentions the Caven Point Wild Life Habitat as the location. However, the Liberty State Park light rail station is where some other researchers have pointed to. We believe the difficulty is due to the changing coastline from then to now.
Though the research came back short of concrete, we believe it is still important to share what we know and accept our capacity as artists. And we hope more people will do more in-depth research into the location and what happened so we can all learn more about the Lenape people and their stories.