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.

Temporarily closed

09/12/2020

Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space on September 12, 1992. She launched into space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and was the science mission specialist. #trailblazer #inspiration

A slave owner arrived in Christiana, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1851, with a band of men to recapture six of his esc...
09/11/2020

A slave owner arrived in Christiana, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1851, with a band of men to recapture six of his escaped slaves. A local group comprised of African Americans and concerned white citizens protected the six free men inside a home in the area. A riot broke out between the two groups during which the slave owner was killed. Five white men and thirty-eight African American men were arrested, but found “not guilty” and all charges were eventually dropped. #OTD #freedom

Image: Political cartoon showing the mayhem caused by the Fugitive Slave act allowing slave holders to come North and force freed slaves back into bondage.

Today we honor and remember the lives lost because of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Image: 9/11 Memorial ...
09/11/2020

Today we honor and remember the lives lost because of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Image: 9/11 Memorial in New York City

In the early morning of September 9, 1739, a group of roughly 20 black Carolinians gathered at Stono River to start a sl...
09/09/2020

In the early morning of September 9, 1739, a group of roughly 20 black Carolinians gathered at Stono River to start a slave rebellion. The uprising obtained arms and marched proclaiming "Liberty". As the group marched they gathered more enslaved individuals to their cause. The group burned buildings and killed white opponents. By the time the uprising was suppressed there were around 100 people participating in the rebellion. The Stono River Rebellion was the largest rebellion in colonial mainland British North America before to the American Revolution. #OTD #Liberty #Rebellion

Image: Map showing Stono River believed to be created in 1711

The Maerschalck plan of the City of New York is a historic map, made in 1754 and published 1755, that clearly shows the ...
09/08/2020

The Maerschalck plan of the City of New York is a historic map, made in 1754 and published 1755, that clearly shows the African Burial Ground and its surrounding neighborhood. It was one of the maps used to determine the size of the African Burial Ground which is approximately 6.6 acres with an estimated 15,000 people buried within it. #AFBG #AfricanBurialGround #NYC

Image: Maerschalck plan with the African Burial Ground circled

Have you been to or live in Los Angeles? If so, did you know some of the prominent first Spanish settlers were of Africa...
09/04/2020

Have you been to or live in Los Angeles? If so, did you know some of the prominent first Spanish settlers were of African descent? In fact, 26 of the 44 original settlers were black or of mixed ancestry. Their journey to what would become Los Angeles began on September 4, 1871. #OTD #LA

Images: Bird's eye view print map of Los Angeles published in 1877 and a color photograph also taken from a bird's eye view in 2013.

Frederick Douglass made his daring escape from slavery on this day and years later said about it:“On Monday, the third d...
09/03/2020

Frederick Douglass made his daring escape from slavery on this day and years later said about it:

“On Monday, the third day of September, 1838, in accordance with my resolution, I bade farewell to the city of Baltimore, and to that slavery which had been my abhorrence from childhood.” #FrederickDouglass #Freedom

Image: Formal photograph of Frederick Douglass with him looking at the viewer

The African Burial Ground National Monument is now on Instagram! Follow us on Instagram at africanburialground. #African...
09/02/2020

The African Burial Ground National Monument is now on Instagram! Follow us on Instagram at africanburialground. #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG

Image: Outdoor memorial from an angle.

On September 2, 1945, the Japanese officially surrendered, thus ending World War II. More than 1 million African America...
09/02/2020

On September 2, 1945, the Japanese officially surrendered, thus ending World War II. More than 1 million African Americans served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II. Although African American servicemen faced segregation, even in combat, they fought against racial discrimination in the armed forces and insisted on civil rights at home. Their courageous legacy continues to impact us today. #WWII #WorldWarII #VJDay

Image: African American soldiers lined up behind the flag of the United States of America.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, was the largest Civil Rights gathering of its time with...
08/28/2020

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, was the largest Civil Rights gathering of its time with an estimated 250,000 people in attendance. The event focused on employment discrimination, civil rights abuses against African Americans, Latinos, and other disenfranchised groups, and support for the Civil Rights Act that the Kennedy Administration was attempting to pass through Congress. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famous gave the “I Have a Dream Speech” at this gathering. After the march, several of the organizers met with President John F. Kennedy. #MLK #March #JFK #CivilRights #OTD

Images: Marchers holding signs, organizers speaking with the press, and organizers standing with the president for a photo.

African Burial Ground National Monument is proud to be a historic link to the spirit of free speech and equality for all...
06/12/2020

African Burial Ground National Monument is proud to be a historic link to the spirit of free speech and equality for all citizens. Similarly, the Museum of Jewish Heritage has provided a message for those of all faiths. On Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 PM, they, along with ‘Sing For Hope’ and the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, will present a virtual program titled, We Are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance, and Hope. The free 75-minute program will feature musical performances and remarks from prominent performers and public figures. Please visit https://www.wearehere.live/ for more information on performers and participants, as well as how to view this event.

The National Park Service will always support peaceful assembly. To live freely and participate in society is a right ma...
06/05/2020

The National Park Service will always support peaceful assembly. To live freely and participate in society is a right many take for granted. From the uprising at what became Stonewall National Monument, to the marches along what is now the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, to the Civil War battle remembered at Gettysburg National Military Park, national parks tell the stories, even the difficult ones, of powerful places, important people, and pivotal moments that helped define our nation.
The National Park Service is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights. However, we cannot tolerate violence to citizens or officers or damage to our nation’s resources that we are entrusted to protect.

Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/civilrights

03/19/2020
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The African Burial Ground remains closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please take a moment to read this press release and learn what we are doing to protect our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners, how to do your part, and where to find the latest NPS updates and CDC guidance.
Please stay healthy and safe. The NPS cares!
https://www.nps.gov/afbg/learn/news/upload/AFBG-3-19-2020-TEMPLATE-NPS-Press-Release-Site-Closures-1.pdf

03/17/2020

The African Burial Ground is temporarily closed as of 3/16/20.

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, African Burial Ground National Monument has been temporarily closed. Please visit our website and social media for updates. nps.gov/afbg

Field Trip Transportation Funding Available to New York City Cultural and Historic SitesBring your student groups to the...
03/12/2020
Field Trip Transportation Funding Available to NYC Cultural and Historic Sites | I Teach NYC

Field Trip Transportation Funding Available to New York City Cultural and Historic Sites

Bring your student groups to the African Burial Ground National Monument and other Manhattan Sites of the National Park Service here in New York City, and get reimbursed for your transportation costs. Ranger-guided education programming is free.

Follow this link to find out more

https://iteachnyc.net/2020/02/29/field-trip-transportation-funding-available-to-nyc-cultural-and-historic-sites/

The National Park Foundation has awarded a limited amount of grant funding to provide transportation for local educators and their students visiting National Park Service units in the NYC area until August 2020.

“A Raisin in the Sun” debuted on Broadway on March 11, 1959. It was the first play written by an African American woman ...
03/11/2020

“A Raisin in the Sun” debuted on Broadway on March 11, 1959. It was the first play written by an African American woman to ever be produced on Broadway. The impact of “A Raisin in the Sun” continues to this day with performances of this play still being produced.

Image: Photo of a scene from the play "A Raisin in the Sun". Pictured are Claudia McNeil (Lena Younger) and Sidney Poitier (Walter Younger).

Women’s History Month 2020“Valiant Women of the Vote”Come celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment! This amendment...
03/03/2020

Women’s History Month 2020
“Valiant Women of the Vote”

Come celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment! This amendment gave women the right to vote.

Ranger Programs begin at 12:30 PM
African American Women Suffragists
March 3
March 20
March 26

Female Figures in Art: New York Edition
March 7
March 11
March 31

Valiant Women Crafts
March 14
March 28

March 13 at 11:30 AM - A Woman Called Moses Not Rated (200 mins)

March 21 at 11:30 AM - Hidden Figures PG (127 mins)

All Month - Nevertheless She Persisted
A National Park Service exhibition highlighting a selection of women who fight and have fought discrimination in its many forms.
#WomensHistoryMonth #womenshistorymonth #AFBG #AfricanBurialGround #FindYourPark #Vote #WomenVote #19Amendment #Amendment #Constitution #USConstitution #Suffragists

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandon Lands more commonly known as the Freedmen's Bureau was established by the ...
03/03/2020

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandon Lands more commonly known as the Freedmen's Bureau was established by the War Department on March 3, 1865. The Freedmen's Bureau primarily worked to provide assistance to the newly freed people. #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #OTD #FreedmensBureau #Reconstruction #todayinblackhistory #blackhistory #history

Image: Black and white sketch of a classroom run by the Freedmen's Bureau.

10 years ago  on February 27- 28, 2010:  The African Burial Ground Interpretive Museum opens.
02/27/2020

10 years ago on February 27- 28, 2010: The African Burial Ground Interpretive Museum opens.

On February 26, 1869, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress and was sent to the states to be rat...
02/26/2020

On February 26, 1869, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress and was sent to the states to be ratified.

15th Amendment:
Section 1.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude-

Section 2.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #OTD #todayinblackhistory #blackhistory #history #15thAmendment #15Amendment #Constitution #USConstitution

Image: Drawing celebrating the passage of the 15th Amendment.

On  February 25, 1993 The African Burial Ground is designated as a city landmark.
02/25/2020

On February 25, 1993 The African Burial Ground is designated as a city landmark.

On February 25, 1870, Hiram Revels became the first African American Senator in the history of the United States of Amer...
02/25/2020

On February 25, 1870, Hiram Revels became the first African American Senator in the history of the United States of America. He represented the state of Mississippi in the senate until 1871. #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #OTD #todayinblackhistory #Senate #Senator #Congress

Image: Black and white seated portrait photograph of Hiram Revels

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the African Burial Ground National Monument will have a delayed opening. The site will ...
02/25/2020

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the African Burial Ground National Monument will have a delayed opening. The site will open to the public at 11:30 am. #AFBG #AfricanBurialGround #FindYourPark

Image: Color photograph of the outdoor memorial with a site sign in the foreground.

Park Rangers at the African Burial Ground National Monument will offer weekly commemorative art tours in the lobby of th...
02/22/2020

Park Rangers at the African Burial Ground National Monument will offer weekly commemorative art tours in the lobby of the Ted Weiss Federal Building. Ranger guided tours will highlight artwork commissioned by the General Services Administration (GSA) paying tribute to the African Burial Ground.

The commemorative art tours will be offered every Saturday at 1 PM from February 29, 2020, through March 28, 2020. The commemorative art tours will start at the front desk of the African Burial Ground National Monument visitor center and are open to the public, no reservations required. #AFBG #AfricanBurialGround #FindYourPark #history #blackhistory #NYC #Art #artnyc

Images: Color photographs of some of the artwork visitors will see on the commemorative art tours.

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City. His legacy continues to impact us today! #AfricanBuri...
02/21/2020

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City. His legacy continues to impact us today! #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #MalcolmX #OTD #todayinblackhistory #blackhistory

Image: Black and white photograph of Malcolm X smiling.

Today, we travel from Ancient Egypt (Northeast Africa) to Angola (Southwest Africa) with the story of Queen Nzingha, the...
02/21/2020

Today, we travel from Ancient Egypt (Northeast Africa) to Angola (Southwest Africa) with the story of Queen Nzingha, the Amazon Queen of Matamba.

Queen Nzingha was born in West Africa in 1583 and died 1663. Many women ranked among the great rulers of Africa, including this Angolan queen who was an astute diplomat and excelled as a military leader. When the slave-hunting Portuguese attacked the army of her brother’s kingdom, Nzingha was sent to negotiate the peace. She did so with astonishing skill and political tact, despite the fact that her brother had her only child killed.

She later formed her own army against the Portuguese, and waged war for nearly 30 years. These battles were a unique moment in colonial history as Nzingha allied her nation with the Dutch, marking the first African-European alliance against a European oppressor. Nzingha continued to wield considerable influence among her subjects despite being forced into exile. Because of her quest for freedom and relentless drive to bring peace to her people, Nzingha remains a glimmering symbol of inspiration.

Today we pay our respects to Sarah Baartman whose tragic story reminds us that the exploitation of the Black feminine ph...
02/21/2020

Today we pay our respects to Sarah Baartman whose tragic story reminds us that the exploitation of the Black feminine physique started many years ago.

Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman (1789 – December 29, 1815) was the most famous of at least two Khoikhoi women who were exhibited as freak show attractions because of their large buttocks and elongated labia in 19th-century Europe under the name “Hottentot Venus”.

According to popular history, Baartman was born in 1789 in the Gamtoos Valley of South Africa. When she was barely in her 20s, she was sold to London by an enterprising Scottish doctor named Alexander Dunlop, accompanied by a showman named Hendrik Cesars. She spent four years in Britain being exhibited. The fact that she had protruding buttocks and an extended labia minora made society view her as this “wild or savage female”.

Her treatment caught the attention of British abolitionists, who tried to rescue her, but she claimed that she had come to London on her own accord. In 1814, after Dunlop's death, she traveled to Paris. With two consecutive showmen, Henry Taylor and S. Reaux, she amused onlookers who frequented the Palais-Royal.

Baartman lived on in poverty and died in Paris of illness in December 1815 at the age of 25. Those who knew her closely in Europe said that she was an intelligent woman with an excellent memory, particularly for faces. In addition to her native tongue, she spoke fluent Dutch, passable English and a smattering of French. She was adept at playing the Harp, could dance according to the traditions of her country and had a lively personality. Her shoulders and back were described as "graceful", arms "slender", hands and feet as "charming" and "pretty".

After her death, her body was dissected and her remains were displayed. For more than a century and a half, visitors to the "Museum of Man" in Paris could view her brain, vagina, and skeleton.

Her skull was stolen in 1827 and subsequently returned a few months later. The restored skeleton and skull continued to arouse the interest of visitors until the late 20th century when complaints begin to rise from feminists who believed the exhibit was a degrading representation of women. The skeleton was removed in 1974 and the body cast in 1976. Her body was finally laid to rest.

Salute to a fallen Queen: Sarah Baartman

Today, we shine a light on the legacy of award-winning author Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God).On Janua...
02/21/2020

Today, we shine a light on the legacy of award-winning author Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God).
On January 7, 1891, Zora Neale Hurston was born in the tiny town of Notasulga, Alabama. She was the fifth of eight children in the Hurston household. Her father John was a carpenter, a sharecropper, and a Baptist preacher; her mother Lucy, a former schoolteacher. Within a year of Zora's birth, the family moved to Eatonville, Florida. Eatonville was the first incorporated black municipality in the United States.
In 1904, thirteen-year-old Zora was devastated by the death of her mother. Later that same year, her father removed her from school and sent her to care for her brother's children. A rambunctious and restless teenager, Zora was eager to leave the responsibility of her brother's household. She became a member of a traveling theater at the age of sixteen, and subsequently began domestic work in a white household. The woman for whom Zora worked bought her her first book and arranged for her to attend high school at Morgan Academy (now known as Morgan State University) in Baltimore. She graduated in June 1918.

She later attended Howard University. Although she spent nearly four years at Howard, she graduated with only a two-year Associates degree. Perhaps this is explained by the fact that Zora spent most of her time at Howard writing.
In 1925, as the Harlem Renaissance was building steam, Hurston headed to New York City. By the1930s and early 1940s she was at the peak of her literary career. Although Zora completed four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

She is remembered as a phenomenal author and intellectual, deeply devoted to her craft.

A Queen salute to Zora Neale Hurston!

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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.

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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

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

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(212) 238-4367

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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.
see Dindga McCannon and Frank Frazier at Art for the Soul Gallery in Springfield MA... stay tuned for information with an artist talk with Dindga.
This monument should a much more prominent among NYC's sites. It is fabulous. Better without the scaffold.
Hope the scaffolding will be removed before long.
A picture taken Friday.
Watch "Dr.Michael Blakey importance of African Burial Ground w/ Host Phyllis Murray" on YouTube https://youtu.be/l18-IdaR0Zo