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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07/28/2021

Did you know that #BuffaloSoldiers were some of the #FirstRangers at the early National Parks before the foundation of the National Park Service? Today, we wanted to honor the Buffalo Soldiers who worked as Rangers protecting and preserving public lands. #ThankYou

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COVID-19 Mask Requirement- Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to...
07/28/2021

COVID-19 Mask Requirement- Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to the African Burial Ground National Monument, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings. Please keep in mind that the indoor visitor center at the site remains closed, but this will apply when it reopens.

COVID-19 Mask Requirement- Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to the African Burial Ground National Monument, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings. Please keep in mind that the indoor visitor center at the site remains closed, but this will apply when it reopens.

The Ancestral Libation Court is situated on axis with the Ancestral Chamber. It is located 4 ft. below street level, pro...
07/26/2021

The Ancestral Libation Court is situated on axis with the Ancestral Chamber. It is located 4 ft. below street level, providing a physical and psychological separation from the public activity of the surrounding urban environment. The Libation Court is a communal gathering place that has a map of the world inscribed on the floor with the continent of Africa being at the center. This spiritual space is where re-consecration of the African Burial Ground National Monument will continually take place during the libation or other ceremonial rituals. The sacred ceremonial ritual of “libation” is the act which will serve as an offering and an acknowledgement linking past, present and future generations in the spirit of Sankofa. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

The Ancestral Libation Court is situated on axis with the Ancestral Chamber. It is located 4 ft. below street level, providing a physical and psychological separation from the public activity of the surrounding urban environment. The Libation Court is a communal gathering place that has a map of the world inscribed on the floor with the continent of Africa being at the center. This spiritual space is where re-consecration of the African Burial Ground National Monument will continually take place during the libation or other ceremonial rituals. The sacred ceremonial ritual of “libation” is the act which will serve as an offering and an acknowledgement linking past, present and future generations in the spirit of Sankofa. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

The Spiral Processional Ramp descends down 4 ft. below street level thereby bringing the visitor physically, psychologic...
07/25/2021

The Spiral Processional Ramp descends down 4 ft. below street level thereby bringing the visitor physically, psychologically, and spiritually closer to the ancestors and original interment level. The ramp and stairs serve as bridges between the living and the spiritual realm. They symbolize the process of transcendence from physical to spiritual and passage from profane to sacred. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

The Spiral Processional Ramp descends down 4 ft. below street level thereby bringing the visitor physically, psychologically, and spiritually closer to the ancestors and original interment level. The ramp and stairs serve as bridges between the living and the spiritual realm. They symbolize the process of transcendence from physical to spiritual and passage from profane to sacred. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

Signs, symbols, and images of the African Diaspora are engraved around the perimeter wall encircling the Libation Court....
07/24/2021

Signs, symbols, and images of the African Diaspora are engraved around the perimeter wall encircling the Libation Court. These symbols come from different areas and cultures throughout the Diaspora, especially Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Symbolic meaning is described below each image. As one circumambulates around the perimeter of the court and spirals down the processional ramp, these symbols present themselves as a reminder of the complexity and diversity of African culture’s manifestation. They all come together to form a communal place and reminder of the Burial Ground being an international center of gathering. #FindYourPark #blackhistory #symbols

Signs, symbols, and images of the African Diaspora are engraved around the perimeter wall encircling the Libation Court. These symbols come from different areas and cultures throughout the Diaspora, especially Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Symbolic meaning is described below each image. As one circumambulates around the perimeter of the court and spirals down the processional ramp, these symbols present themselves as a reminder of the complexity and diversity of African culture’s manifestation. They all come together to form a communal place and reminder of the Burial Ground being an international center of gathering. #FindYourPark #blackhistory #symbols

The Ancestral Chamber is intended to reflect African cultural, spiritual, and ancestral essence. This spiritual form ris...
07/23/2021

The Ancestral Chamber is intended to reflect African cultural, spiritual, and ancestral essence. This spiritual form rises out of the ground like an ancestral pillar and represents the soaring African spirit embracing and comforting all those who enter. The Ancestral Chamber is oriented towards the east and open to the sky above, allowing natural light to pe*****te and illuminate the interior space. The interior of the Ancestral Chamber provides a sacred space for individual contemplation, reflection, meditation, and prayer. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

The Southern wall of the Libation Chamber is engraved with a map containing images and text describing the components of...
07/22/2021

The Southern wall of the Libation Chamber is engraved with a map containing images and text describing the components of the African Burial Ground National Monument site in context of the burials ground’s actual boundaries in lower Manhattan. This map allows visitors to understand the extent and scope of the burial ground’s actual size which extends significantly beyond the boundaries of the memorial site. #Map #FindYourPark #blackhistory

The Southern wall of the Libation Chamber is engraved with a map containing images and text describing the components of the African Burial Ground National Monument site in context of the burials ground’s actual boundaries in lower Manhattan. This map allows visitors to understand the extent and scope of the burial ground’s actual size which extends significantly beyond the boundaries of the memorial site. #Map #FindYourPark #blackhistory

A path extends itself north to south from Duane Street. Along this path are seven burial mounds marking the locations of...
07/21/2021

A path extends itself north to south from Duane Street. Along this path are seven burial mounds marking the locations of the seven large sarcophagi containing the remains of the 419 African descendants that were re-interred in October 2003. In addition, a grove of trees create a natural buffer and shelter between the re-interment zone and the adjacent building. The burial mounds serve as markers and the trees as guardians for the entrance to the Libation Chamber. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

A path extends itself north to south from Duane Street. Along this path are seven burial mounds marking the locations of the seven large sarcophagi containing the remains of the 419 African descendants that were re-interred in October 2003. In addition, a grove of trees create a natural buffer and shelter between the re-interment zone and the adjacent building. The burial mounds serve as markers and the trees as guardians for the entrance to the Libation Chamber. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

The outdoor memorial at the African Burial Ground National Monument is made up of seven elements and for the next severa...
07/20/2021

The outdoor memorial at the African Burial Ground National Monument is made up of seven elements and for the next several days we are going to share about each element. The first element is the Wall of Remembrance. The Wall of Remembrance is intended to draw a person in, and thus begin the process of enlightenment and education. On the highly polished wall of granite is inscribed the Sankofa symbol and the following libation text.

For all those who were lost
For all those who were stolen
For all those who were left behind
For all those who were not forgotten

#Remember #Remembrance #blackhistory #FindYourPark

Mate Masie is an adinkra symbol that translates to "what I hear, I keep." The symbol is supposed to represent four linke...
07/18/2021

Mate Masie is an adinkra symbol that translates to "what I hear, I keep." The symbol is supposed to represent four linked ears, which serves to remind people of the importance of listening and communicating, especially in oral histories and cultures. It symbolizes understanding through good judgement, and the portrayal of wisdom and knowledge through such understanding and awareness. Oral history is extremely essential in African American culture because enslaved Africans were not able to or allowed to read, write, or even speak due to the cruelty of overseers; the enslaved Africans had to secretly communicate through songs that no one else could comprehend. Not only this but because so much of their history was not written down, this participation in the act of observing and listening, then communicating, was crucial to preserving their history and in keeping their culture afloat. #WorldListeningDay #ListenUp #FindYourPark

Mate Masie is an adinkra symbol that translates to "what I hear, I keep." The symbol is supposed to represent four linked ears, which serves to remind people of the importance of listening and communicating, especially in oral histories and cultures. It symbolizes understanding through good judgement, and the portrayal of wisdom and knowledge through such understanding and awareness. Oral history is extremely essential in African American culture because enslaved Africans were not able to or allowed to read, write, or even speak due to the cruelty of overseers; the enslaved Africans had to secretly communicate through songs that no one else could comprehend. Not only this but because so much of their history was not written down, this participation in the act of observing and listening, then communicating, was crucial to preserving their history and in keeping their culture afloat. #WorldListeningDay #ListenUp #FindYourPark

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” -Ida B. Wells.#HappyBirthday Ida B. Wells! She was bo...
07/16/2021

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” -Ida B. Wells.

#HappyBirthday Ida B. Wells! She was born #onthisday in 1862. #blackhistory #trailblazer #FindYourPark

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” -Ida B. Wells.

#HappyBirthday Ida B. Wells! She was born #onthisday in 1862. #blackhistory #trailblazer #FindYourPark

In 1713, Reverend John Sharpe describes Africans being "buried by those of their own country or complexion in the common...
07/15/2021

In 1713, Reverend John Sharpe describes Africans being "buried by those of their own country or complexion in the common field" outside town, which is the first time the African Burial Ground appears in writing. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

In 1713, Reverend John Sharpe describes Africans being "buried by those of their own country or complexion in the common field" outside town, which is the first time the African Burial Ground appears in writing. #FindYourPark #blackhistory

On July 13, 1863, the New York City Draft Riots started. Angered by new draft requirements for the #CivilWar, white men ...
07/13/2021

On July 13, 1863, the New York City Draft Riots started. Angered by new draft requirements for the #CivilWar, white men started rioting and attacking military institutions. During the day, the rioters transitioned their attacks from military institutions to black residents and organizations in the city. Numerous black men were beaten and murdered by the rioting mob. The rioters also attacked the Colored Orphan Asylum that housed hundreds of children and burned it to the ground. Thankfully, all of the children survived. #NYC #NewYork #blackhistory #onthisday #OTD

On July 13, 1863, the New York City Draft Riots started. Angered by new draft requirements for the #CivilWar, white men started rioting and attacking military institutions. During the day, the rioters transitioned their attacks from military institutions to black residents and organizations in the city. Numerous black men were beaten and murdered by the rioting mob. The rioters also attacked the Colored Orphan Asylum that housed hundreds of children and burned it to the ground. Thankfully, all of the children survived. #NYC #NewYork #blackhistory #onthisday #OTD

07/12/2021
Commemorating End of Slavery in New York State (Abolition Commemoration Day)

In recognition of Emancipation Day in New York State (July 4, 1827), the African Burial Ground National Monument would like to highlight two dates:

July 5 - The date historically used by to celebrate freedom and Emancipation Day in New York State.

Second Mondays of July - Passed on October 7, 2020, New York State Senate Bill S6658B, recognizes the second Monday in July each year as a day of commemoration, to be known as Abolition Commemoration Day.

Thank you Dr. Norvell from the African American Pinkster Committee of New York (AAPCNY) and Ms. Jackson from The Association for The Study of African American Life and History for donating the citation by New York State Assemblymember Inez Dickens commemorating New York State Emancipation Day.

Today is the anniversary of the 14th Amendment being ratified and officially becoming a part of the #UnitedStates #Const...
07/09/2021

Today is the anniversary of the 14th Amendment being ratified and officially becoming a part of the #UnitedStates #Constitution. The 14th Amendment, which was a Reconstruction Amendment, made previously enslaved individuals citizens and stated that these new citizens should have equal rights. The 14th Amendment has 5 sections, but the most well-known is Section 1, which states:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. #FindYourPark

Today is the anniversary of the 14th Amendment being ratified and officially becoming a part of the #UnitedStates #Constitution. The 14th Amendment, which was a Reconstruction Amendment, made previously enslaved individuals citizens and stated that these new citizens should have equal rights. The 14th Amendment has 5 sections, but the most well-known is Section 1, which states:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. #FindYourPark

07/07/2021
Stonewall Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

Our neighboring National Park Service site, Stonewall National Monument and Christopher Park is celebrating five years since its establishment!

In celebration of its five year anniversary, Stonewall National Monument is releasing a 15 episode mini-series that shares the important history of the uprisings, the preservation of the story, and the establishment of Stonewall as a National Monument.

To watch the next episode, tune in Friday at 12:00 PM on the site's Facebook, YouTube, or website.

Stonewall National Monument:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/StonewallNationalMonumentNPS/
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCblT4NdJtBInIY38EQ3a0Lg
Website - https://www.nps.gov/ston/index.htm

“I didn’t wish for anything I couldn’t get, and I got pretty near everything I wanted.”-Louis Armstrong. He passed away ...
07/06/2021

“I didn’t wish for anything I couldn’t get, and I got pretty near everything I wanted.”-Louis Armstrong. He passed away #onthisday in 1971. Famous for being an incredible trumpet player and entertainer, Louis Armstrong used his fame to speak out against segregation and discrimination. #OTD #blackhistory #jazz #FindYourPark

“I didn’t wish for anything I couldn’t get, and I got pretty near everything I wanted.”-Louis Armstrong. He passed away #onthisday in 1971. Famous for being an incredible trumpet player and entertainer, Louis Armstrong used his fame to speak out against segregation and discrimination. #OTD #blackhistory #jazz #FindYourPark

On July 4, 1827, enslaved Africans living in New York state were legally emancipated. No large official celebration took...
07/04/2021

On July 4, 1827, enslaved Africans living in New York state were legally emancipated. No large official celebration took place on the day due to fears of riots, but on July 5, 1827, more than 2,000 African Americans marched to celebrate the occasion. Non-residents of New York were allowed legally to come visit the state with enslaved laborers until 1841. Enslavement did not end in the United States until the ratification of the 13th Amendment. #July4 #4thofJuly #freedom

On July 4, 1827, enslaved Africans living in New York state were legally emancipated. No large official celebration took place on the day due to fears of riots, but on July 5, 1827, more than 2,000 African Americans marched to celebrate the occasion. Non-residents of New York were allowed legally to come visit the state with enslaved laborers until 1841. Enslavement did not end in the United States until the ratification of the 13th Amendment. #July4 #4thofJuly #freedom

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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.

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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

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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

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Remembersambor-geneology” many of the African Americans that were brought to this country as slaves came from the region of west Africa and many of them from what is now the country of Cameroon. One of my African American clients was so happy with the research we did for his family. Researching his family ancestry, restoring a past for an ancestor who he knew little about, he is encouraging others in his community to do [email protected] thank you for the shout out! By contrast, I have another friend that I have met via my genealogy researches who is an African living in Cameroon. He heads an organization that of all things specializes in European genealogy, helping people who worked for the German colonial regime that colonized Cameroon up till 1918 find their roots and ancestors buried in various colonial cemeteries that dot the Cameroon countryside. www.facebook.com/GEMAC.CAMEROON/. Interesting that the client in America is researching his family in Cameroon while the friend in Cameroon is researching roots back in Europe. No matter where you live or where you come from, we can help you tracing your roots. Contact us for free consultations to see what we can find for you. #genealogy #genealogyreseach #african ancestry #cameroon #cameroonancestry #africangenealogy #wedigdeeper #westafrica. 1. PRINCE GALEGA CHRISTOPHER NJINUWE ( founder of GERMAN MONUMENTS and AFRICAN CULTURES ASSOCIATION) and ERIC FEINSTEIN (remember sambor genealogy ERIC FEINSTEIN, genealogist) have decided to come as one in promoting trans Atlantic slave trade and European looking For their roots beginning from Cameroon (centre of Africa and centre of the world) and a bridge to all slave trade route in Africa. International African America genealogist partnership, shall feature magazines, documentary, websites and face book, conferences, tour company called HALLELUYA continental trade caravan (to be established next year by the president founder of GEMAC association PRINCE GALEGA CHRISTOPHER NJINUWE) to cover the activities of slave trade route, ethnicities that dealt with slave trade German cultural heritage and African heritage. Ethnographic and tourism. 2. ERIC FEINSTEIN (remember sambor genealogy ERIC FEINSTEIN, genealogist let us help you research your family) shall carry a book (as advised by PRINCE GALEGA CHRISTOPHER JINUWE) DNA technology, Newyork’s African burial ground and tracing roots of the historical African slavery Africa America. With connection to Cameroon, central Africa and the huge slave market called ‘’BIMBIA’’, Wall Street was built by Cameroon descendant
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.