290 Broadway, Manhattan.
Memorial open daily, 9am-5pm.
The memorial and visitor center are wheelchair accessible.
African Burial Ground (NPS), 212-637-2019.
African Burial Ground
A memorial marking an African graveyard of colonial New York
Hailed as the most important archaeological find of the 20th century, the African Burial Ground dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries and is an important reminder of a dark and often forgotten period in New York City history.
Between 1991 and 1992, 419 sets of human remains were discovered and unearthed from a less than one acre section of a 6.6 acre historical African cemetery, during the construction of the Ted Weiss Federal Building in Lower Manhattan. They were taken to Howard University for scientific research which shed light on the lives, origin and customs of these little known New Yorkers. Following examination, the remains were re-interred on October 4, 2003 at the African Burial Ground.
Today, an outdoor memorial designed by Rodney Leon is a living tribute to past, present and future generations of Africans and African descendants. A Visitor Center and exhibition space on the ground floor of the Ted Weiss Building includes exhibits about the history of the cemetery, the African contribution to the building of early New York City as well as the more recent events surrounding the site's discovery and construction. The memorial is also the final stop on the This Hallowed Ground national park ranger-led walking tour.
History, archaeology, biology, culture, spirituality, and community intertwine to educate visitors and encourage reflection, awareness, and remembrance. The African Burial Ground was designated as a national monument in 2006 by President George W. Bush, and remains the only U.S. national monument that memorializes the struggles of Africans and African descendants.
Things to Do
Special Events in February
Call 212-637-2019 to confirm program times and to get more information.
Black History Month Programs
2/1-2/28, 10am-4pm: Charles, Caesar, Harry, Sam and Pompey - Photographer Xiromaro's series on the gravesite of the enslaved Africans of William Floyd's plantation on Fire Island, New York
2/4, 11am: Commemorative Art Tour
2/7, 1pm: Rumors & Revolts - Gallery talk
2/8, 12pm: African Beads Workshop - Anthropologist and designer Vickie Fremont teaches how to make beaded bracelets
2/13, 12pm: Musical Performance - Gabian griot musician Salieu Suso plays topical African folk music on the kora
2/14: Frederick Douglass' Birthday Observance
2/15, 1pm: Roots of Inspiration - Music program
2/20, 2pm: Leadership of African Women through History
2/22, 12pm: The African Person Puppet Workshop - Puppet-making with recycled materials, led by Vickie Fremont
2/27: Founders Day
2/28, 1pm: The African Burial Grounds - Gallery talk
MON-FRI, 10am & 2pm
Outdoor memorial and exhibits
Downtown Walking Tours
Self-guided audio/brochure tour
History, art and exhibits.
Groups of 10 or more can request special programs.