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 June
Celebrate Pinkster, a religious holiday observed during the Colonial period and associated with the coming of spring. Enjoy lectures, performances and the laying of flowers on the burial mounds. Call 212-637-2019 for details.
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.