African Burial Ground National Monument is a monument at Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street) in the Civic Center section of Lower Manhattan, New York City. Its main building is the Ted Weiss Federal Building at 290 Broadway. The site contains the remains of more than 419 Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries in a portion of what was the largest colonial-era cemetery for people of African descent, some free, most enslaved. Historians estimate there may have been as many as 10,000–20,000 burials in what was called the Negroes Burial Ground in the 18th century. The five to six acre site's excavation and study was called "the most important historic urban archaeological project in the United States." The Burial Ground site is New York's earliest known African-American cemetery; studies show an estimated 15,000 African American people were buried here.
The discovery highlighted the forgotten history of enslaved Africans in colonial and federal New York City, who were integral to its development. By the American Revolutionary War, they constituted nearly a quarter of the population in the city. New York had the second-largest number of enslaved Africans in the nation after Charleston, South Carolina. Scholars and African-American civic activists joined to publicize the importance of the site and lobby for its preservation. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993 and a national monument in 2006 by President George W. Bush.
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Mickayla Brown | Mar 11, 2018
This museum is amazing! I understand why it’s no admission charge.. they just want people to be educated!! Highly recommend to everyone.. it makes you appreciate everything you have today💕👍🏼
Pat Barrow | Mar 3, 2018
I was so amazed that I returned three more times within one and half month. Every African in American and everyone outside of America needs to visit. For the caucasians...you need to visit to understand clearly the roots of slavery that your not so Far. relatives who listed to brutalize our people...who not only built this country US on their backs but brought our gifts talent ability color, music and all you have and lust after☹️ This evil has been systemized to 2018....and in many ways you are the manifestation of who they are. Its no wonder that the killing of Black people has now tuned on you. Killing each other....🔎💊
Jay Blair | Mar 26, 2018
I was one of the original protesters I'm pictured standing with arms locked with two Beautiful Black Women in which it was an honor and a majestic feeling to take part in such an event and very necessary to manifest truth and justice!
Maria M. Gurney | Jan 4, 2018
The memorial itself is important. Apparently, it is the biggest archaeological find in 20th century a North America. What is also worth noting is how there was even a memorial established. I recommend stopping by if you are in the area. It is small, yet simple but significant. I took a photo to post here, too.
Joanne Kwarteng | Mar 9, 2018
It was very interesting and there were a lot of African artifacts and over years ago there was a Cemetery right before people who were just putting buildings and streets right on top of it and it was very cool to see all of African American history
M Girkinger | May 10, 2018
Underrated site and incredible museum. Small but so full of information. Be sure to watch the introductory first and then explore the exhibits to get the most out of it.
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