African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument In the 17th and 18th centuries African New Yorkers buried their loved ones at the African Burial Ground. Closed in 1794, it was rediscovered in 1991 and is now a unit of the National Park Service.
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Please visit us at www.nps.gov/afbg to find out more. Our National Park Service site consists of a visitor center and memorial. All of our offerings are free of charge.

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02/20/2021
The Playing of African Games: From Ampe to Zamma

What games are traditionally played in Africa? What games are played today? Join a park ranger from the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York in this presentation on African games. The program will include an introduction on the African Burial Ground.

02/20/2021
The Playing of African Games: From Ampe to Zamma

What games are traditionally played in Africa? What games are played today? Join a park ranger from the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York in this presentation on African games. The program will include an introduction on the African Burial Ground.

02/18/2021
The Black Family and Education

"Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children... Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."-Nelson Mandela. The lives of children and their education is extremely important to every family. In this program we will discuss the struggles that African American families have faced in the United States to educate their children. #NPs #FindYourPark #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth

02/17/2021
The Black Family and Education

"Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children... Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."-Nelson Mandela. The lives of children and their education is extremely important to every family. In this program we will discuss the struggles that African American families have faced in the United States to educate their children. #NPs #FindYourPark #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth

Attention Poets:We have extended the deadline for the poetry submissions for the program in honor of poet, author, scree...
02/17/2021

Attention Poets:

We have extended the deadline for the poetry submissions for the program in honor of poet, author, screenwriter, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou.

The new deadline is February 25, 2021.

To submit your poetry and be featured on the African Burial Ground National Monument social media platforms, please email your video submissions and poem to:
[email protected]

Requirements:
Video must be MP4 Format
Recordings must be horizontal
Quality must be HD 720p or Full HD 1080p
Please refrain from using background music
Content must be family friendly
Must show clear view of face in video
Video must not be longer than 5 minutes

#NPS #FindYourPark #Poet #poetry

Image: White and gold letter on an black background with a white Sankofa symbol.

Happy National Innovation Day! To celebrate innovation, we wanted to highlight a few inventions that African Americans i...
02/16/2021

Happy National Innovation Day! To celebrate innovation, we wanted to highlight a few inventions that African Americans invented that impact each of our lives!

-Granville Woods: Inventor of communications used between trains
-Garret Morgan: Creator of the first three command traffic signal
-James E. West: Invented important microphone technology
-Lonnie G. Johnson: Invented the "Super Soaker"
-Mark Dean: Co-inventor of the personal computer

What are ways you are innovative? #NationalInnovationDay #NPS #FindYourPark

Image: Two taped together microphones being held in someone's hand.

02/15/2021

What better way to honor Presidents’ Day than to play Presidential trivia!

The African Burial Ground National Monument will be hosting Presidential trivia on our social media platforms– Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Play along and see how much you know about important moments in African American history and who was #President for these significant events. #Presidents #PresidentsDay #Trivia

Akoma symbolizes endurance and understanding. It's literal meaning is "the heart" and represents #love, #unity, #enduran...
02/14/2021

Akoma symbolizes endurance and understanding. It's literal meaning is "the heart" and represents #love, #unity, #endurance, #patience, #tolerance, #goodwill, and #faithfulness. It also symbolizes tolerance in the face of frustration and stresses the need for patience. The heart serves as a part of all of us that elicits emotions making us more human and more connected. At the African Burial Ground National Monument, the meaning of Akoma can be seen throughout the site. #ValentinesDay #Heart #NPS #FindYourPark

Image: Photograph of the Akoma symbol at the outdoor memorial.

02/12/2021

Established after the Civil War, Nicodemus served as a “promised land” for formerly enslaved Africans. Join a park ranger from the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York to learn about the founding of Nicodemus, Kansas, the pioneering spirit of formerly enslaved peoples, and the five pillars that continue to anchor African American communities today.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in New York City on February 12, 1909...
02/12/2021

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in New York City on February 12, 1909. The mission of the #NAACP "is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons." #FindYourPark #NewYorkCity #NYC #OTD #blackhistory #TodayInBlackHistory

Image: Black and white photograph with welcoming banner to the headquarters of the NAACP in #Cleveland, #Ohio.

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! To celebrate, we wanted to highlight the contributions of Dr. Gla...
02/11/2021

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! To celebrate, we wanted to highlight the contributions of Dr. Gladys West. She helped work on a project that eventually became the Global Positioning System (GPS). #womenisscience #science #NPS #FindYourPark

Image: Dr. Gladys West smiling at her induction into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame. Photograph courtesy of the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame.

Enslavement, which existed from the early settling of New Amsterdam by the Dutch, was central to life in the city for mo...
02/10/2021

Enslavement, which existed from the early settling of New Amsterdam by the Dutch, was central to life in the city for more than 200 years. Enslaved individuals built and maintained much of the city. #NewYorkCity #NPS #FindYourPark

Image: Exhibit from the visitor center showing Andrew Saxon working with a barrel.

02/09/2021
William Still and the Underground Railroad

William Still was an active agent on the Underground Railroad and run a safe house in Philadelphia. While doing his work for the Underground Railroad, William Still ended up meeting and helping one of his brothers who had remained enslaved when his mother escaped with his sisters. William Still recognized the importance of documenting the stories of families escaping through the Underground Railroad and eventually published a book about it. Learn more about his life story during this program. #BlackHistoryMonth #NPS #FindYourPark

02/09/2021
William Still and the Underground Railroad

William Still was an active agent on the Underground Railroad and run a safe house in Philadelphia. While doing his work for the Underground Railroad, William Still ended up meeting and helping one of his brothers who had remained enslaved when his mother escaped with his sisters. William Still recognized the importance of documenting the stories of families escaping through the Underground Railroad and eventually published a book about it. Learn more about his life story during this program. #BlackHistoryMonth #NPS #FindYourPark

On February 5, 1934, baseball great and Hall of Famer Henry "Hank" Aaron was born. While breaking the record for the mos...
02/05/2021

On February 5, 1934, baseball great and Hall of Famer Henry "Hank" Aaron was born. While breaking the record for the most all-time career home runs, Hank Aaron exemplified #dignity, #courage, and #strength dealing with racism and the death threats he received. His legacy continues to influence us today. #OTD #Baseball #NPS #FindYourPark #BlackHistoryMonth

Image: Hank Aaron hitting a #homerun. Photograph courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”- Rosa ParksToday is her #birthday!!!  #CivilRight...
02/04/2021

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
- Rosa Parks

Today is her #birthday!!! #CivilRights #NPS #FindYourPark #BlackHistoryMonth

Due to the major snow storm battering New York City, we have had to postpone our virtual Ranger program on February 2, 2...
02/01/2021

Due to the major snow storm battering New York City, we have had to postpone our virtual Ranger program on February 2, 2021, entitled The Black Family and Education.

Once we have a new date and time we will notify you. Please stay safe!

Image: Sculpture at the site entitled Africa Rising with snow falling in the background.

Black History Month 2021The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity We will be virtually streaming on Face...
01/29/2021

Black History Month 2021
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

We will be virtually streaming on Facebook.com/AfricanBurialGround a series of ranger programs. The programs are as follows:

Feb. 2 at 11:00 AM– The Black Family and Education
Feb. 9 at 2:00 PM– William Still and the Underground Railroad
Feb. 12 at 4:00 PM– Nicodemus: The Largest Colored Colony in America
Feb. 20 at 10:00 AM– The Playing of African Games: From Ampe to Zamma

Special Program:
Feb. 24 at 1:00 PM– Special joint program with the Tenement Museum entitled: The African Family Experience in Early New Amsterdam. #NPS #FindYourPark #Blackhistory #BlackHistoryMonth

Image: Charles Lilly's illustration recreates an African burial ceremony.

Today is the anniversary of the Challenger tragedy. Seven astronauts lost their lives when the booster engine failed. #N...
01/28/2021

Today is the anniversary of the Challenger tragedy. Seven astronauts lost their lives when the booster engine failed. #NASA #Space #NPS #FindYourPark #OTD

Images: The seven #astronauts during a training exercise and their official crew portrait.

Attention Poets:In honor of poet, author, screenwriter, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, the Af...
01/27/2021

Attention Poets:

In honor of poet, author, screenwriter, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, the African Burial Ground National Monument will showcase virtual poetry performances using Facebook Premiere. @AfricanBurialGround

To submit your poetry and be featured on the African Burial Ground National Monument social media platforms, please email your video submissions and poem to:
[email protected]

Requirements:
Video must be MP4 Format
Recordings must be horizontal
Quality must be HD 720p or Full HD 1080p
Please refrain from using background music
Content must be family friendly
Must show clear view of face in video
Video must not be longer than 5 minutes

Poetry Submissions Due:
Friday, February 19, 2021
#NPS #FindYourPark #Poet #Poetry

Bessie Coleman, the first African American and Native American female pilot, was born on January 26, 1892. Due to being ...
01/26/2021

Bessie Coleman, the first African American and Native American female pilot, was born on January 26, 1892. Due to being female and African American, she could not find any #aviation schools that would take her on as a student in the #UnitedStates. She ultimately found a #French school that would teach her how to fly. After graduating, she became famous for performing impressive flying tricks. Throughout her life she encouraged African Americans and women to achieve their dreams! #NPS #FindYourPark #OTD #todayinblackhistory #Pilot #trailblazer

Images: Picture of her pilot’s license issued in France.

Men who were enslaved in #NewYorkCity frequently worked in a highly skilled crafts as carpenters, coopers, silversmiths,...
01/22/2021

Men who were enslaved in #NewYorkCity frequently worked in a highly skilled crafts as carpenters, coopers, silversmiths, and more. #NYC #NPS #FindYourPark

Image: Color photograph of an exhibit in the site museum.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has ove...
01/21/2021

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
-Booker T. Washington #NPS #FindYourPark #success

Image: Photograph of #BookerTWashington standing at an angle looking directly at the viewer.

Joseph R. Biden Jr, was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States earlier today. Kamala Harris was sworn in...
01/20/2021
Plan Your Visit to Inauguration Day - Presidential Inauguration (U.S. National Park Service)

Joseph R. Biden Jr, was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States earlier today. Kamala Harris was sworn in as America’s first black female vice president.

Find more information about the 59th Presidential Inauguration at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/inauguration/plan-your-visit.htm?fbclid=IwAR01AfOuu4AXi9wEQtAVVelF3iJwWC7S7OILyiT_0A1OB2b4VvnVZ7kG59Y

Image: The national capitol with a computer in front linking everyone to www.nps.gov to learn more

The 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20 is completely virtual! In support of local government and public health officials, everyone can participate in virtual inauguration options instead of attending in person to minimize health and safety concerns. More Americans than ever can join Inaugu...

Renewal is an image of a mountain rising from the water which could refer to the history of New York as a thriving harbo...
01/20/2021

Renewal is an image of a mountain rising from the water which could refer to the history of New York as a thriving harbor and a major center of the British slave trade in America. At the center of the mural is a reproduction of an 18th century map of the African Burial Ground. The pillars one either side of the mountain represent the past and present.

This art piece is located near the African Burial Ground National Monument visitor center in the Ted Weiss Federal Building. #NPS #FindYourPark #art #artwork

Image: Color photograph of the art piece Renewal.

When an enslaved individual escaped, it was common for the enslaver to place a notice or advertisement in the newspaper ...
01/19/2021

When an enslaved individual escaped, it was common for the enslaver to place a notice or advertisement in the newspaper to tell others what the enslaved individual looked like, skills that the individual had, and how much the bounty was for bring back the runaway slave. #NPS #FindYourPark

Image: Example of an advertisement that was placed in 1735 on browning paper with black ink.

01/18/2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Thank you for joining the African Burial Ground National Monument to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday!

As part of our celebration, we invited Mr. Greg Hill-Ries' 4th grade class to read famous quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other important quotes about equality.

This video is a compilation of the videos the students created.

Thank you to the 4th grade students of Mary McDowell Friends School and happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! #MLKDay #MLK #Equality #NPS #FindYourPark

01/18/2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Thank you for joining the African Burial Ground National Monument to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday!

As part of our celebration, we invited Mr. Greg Hill-Ries' 4th grade class to read famous quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other important quotes about equality.

This video is a compilation of the videos the students created.

Thank you to the 4th grade students of Mary McDowell Friends School and happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! #MLKDay #MLK #Equality #NPS #FindYourPark

Martin Luther King Jr. was born #onthisday in #Atlanta. During his life he fought tirelessly for Civil Rights. His legac...
01/15/2021

Martin Luther King Jr. was born #onthisday in #Atlanta. During his life he fought tirelessly for Civil Rights. His legacy and stirring words continue to impact us today.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1963

Image: Stone with Dr. King’s image emerging, which is part of his memorial in Washington, #DC with adjacent quote. #MLK #CivilRights #FindYourPark #NPS

In the 1640's the Dutch West India Company started to grant half freedom to enslaved individuals in #NewAmsterdam, but w...
01/14/2021

In the 1640's the Dutch West India Company started to grant half freedom to enslaved individuals in #NewAmsterdam, but with conditions.

The conditions were:
1. The company taxed a certain portion of goods produced.
2. Required to work for the company whenever needed.
3. Their children would be considered enslaved and not inherit the half freedom status.

If the half freed individuals meet these conditions they could had their own land, could sell their produce, and keep their profits after paying the company tax. Often these individuals could eventually get their children the same half freed status. #Freedom #NYC

Image: Painting of African Americans working in a field c. 1853

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the African Burial Ground National Monument on January 18, 2021....
01/13/2021

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the African Burial Ground National Monument on January 18, 2021.

A backdrop of the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. will be at the outdoor memorial. While taking photographs, visitors will also be able to learn more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park and his legacy.

At 1 pm we will stream on Facebook.com/AfricanBurialGround
a video of 4th grade students reading his famous quotes and other important quotes about equality. #NPS #FindYourPark #MLK #MLKDay

#Trailblazer Lorraine Hansberry was the first African American woman to write a play that was produced on #Broadway. The...
01/12/2021

#Trailblazer Lorraine Hansberry was the first African American woman to write a play that was produced on #Broadway. The play she wrote A Raisin in the Sun was widely acclaimed. She tragically died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 34 on January 12, 1965. #OTD #FindYourPark #nps

Image: Black and white headshot of Lorraine Hansberry looking directly at the viewer smiling.

Two battalions of “Free Men of Color” as well as other free African American militiamen and enslaved volunteers fought f...
01/08/2021

Two battalions of “Free Men of Color” as well as other free African American militiamen and enslaved volunteers fought for the #UnitedStates during the Battle of New Orleans. This group of more than 900 men helped repel the British forces and bring about victory. #OTD #Warof1812 #FindYourPark #NPS

Image: Black and white print of the Battle of New Orleans circa 1845

Zora Neale Hurston the talented African America storyteller, author, and anthropologist was born January 7, 1891. She is...
01/07/2021

Zora Neale Hurston the talented African America storyteller, author, and anthropologist was born January 7, 1891. She is most known for her book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was published in 1937. #OTD #OnThisDay #Harlem #NPS #FindYourPark #NYC

Image: Black and white photograph of Zora Neale Hurston in sitting looking off to the viewer left with a hat on her head. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-54231]

Happy #NationalBirdDay! Did you know that the Sankofa symbol can be depicted as a #bird which appears to be moving forwa...
01/05/2021

Happy #NationalBirdDay!

Did you know that the Sankofa symbol can be depicted as a #bird which appears to be moving forward while looking back supporting the idea of incorporating the aspects of the #past into the #future. Sankofa literally translates to "look to the past to inform the future." #NPS #FindYourPark #history

Image: Sankofa symbol drawn as a black bird with a green and red background.

Address

290 Broadway
New York, NY
10007

We are located near the Chambers Street A, C, 2, 3, and 1 trains, the World Trade Center E train and the Brooklyn Bridge/ City Hall 4, 5, 6, J, Z, and R train stops.

General information

Our memorial is open 9 am- 5 PM. It is only closed on New Year's Day, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving Day. Our visitor center is open tuesday-saturday from 10 AM- 5 PM

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(212) 238-4367

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Today in 1862: Abraham Lincoln delivers the State of the Union address. "We know how to save the Union…In giving freedom to the slave, we ensure freedom to the free–honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last, best hope of earth.”
Manhattan Sites-National Park Service is super excited to be participating in the 50th Annual African American Day Parade TODAY, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 111th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, Harlem. https://www.facebook.com/groups/rocanatural/permalink/1467498040055658/ #afbg African Burial Ground National Monument #nps @africanamericandayparade #africanamericandayparade
The African Burial Ground National Monument is participating in the African American Day Parade
When the African Burial Ground first opened I was there. When I lived in NY I was going every week to pay homage to our Ancestors by bringing flowers and placing them on mock graves and saying a prayer. To me it meant a lot and was very spiritual. Our Ancestors labored to build the streets of lower Manhattan and other parts on NY. And yes there were actual bodies buried there before they put up the Federal Building in lower Manhattan. Plus I have pictures of me there which some day I will post.
When will the 2018 Kwanzaa events be posted?
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Ok just learned about this site. Scary how far north Slavery was.