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. Please visit us at www.nps.gov/afbg to find out more.
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Our National Park Service site consists of a visitor center and memorial. All of our offerings are free of charge.

03/19/2020
www.nps.gov

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 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!

The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Visitor Center will be taking place a week from today on February 27, 2020 from ...
02/20/2020

The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Visitor Center will be taking place a week from today on February 27, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM!

*Please note that there will no longer be a Stomp the Ring performance. Instead we will be having another stepping class at 1:00 PM.*

Below is the information from the updated flyer:

10th Anniversary Celebration
of the Visitor Center
February 27, 2020
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Visitor Center at the African Burial Ground National Monument. The Visitor Center tells the story of the African Burial Ground!

Stepping Class 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Learn about the history of the African Burial Ground through a stepping class.

Performance by Sage 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM
An all-women’s jazz, blues, and contemporary ensemble whose musical sound transcends time and generation.

Archaeology Program 2:30 PM
Learn more about the archaeology of the African Burial Ground. Discuss what archaeologists are still learning about the site.

Commemorative Art Tour 3:00 PM
Join a Park Ranger for a tour of the artwork commemorating the site.

Create a Shadowbox 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Come create a shadowbox with a Park Ranger. #AFBG #AfricanBurialGround #FindYourPark

Happy Presidents Day! Did you know that President George W. Bush declared the African Burial Ground as a National Monume...
02/17/2020

Happy Presidents Day! Did you know that President George W. Bush declared the African Burial Ground as a National Monument? Come celebrate Presidents Day by writing him a reflection about what the site means to you. The African Burial Ground National Monument is open today from 10 am until 4 pm. #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #PresidentsDay #PresidentGeorgeWBush #HappyPresidentsDay

Image: Color photograph of the outdoor memorial with the official African Burial Ground National Monument sign in the foreground.

Nathaniel A. Cole, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. In 1956, he became ...
02/15/2020

Nathaniel A. Cole, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. In 1956, he became the first African American performer to host a variety TV series called 'The Nat "King" Cole Show'. He became an Ancestor on February 15, 1965. He was 45 years old. His music and legacy continues to impact us today! #AFBG #AfricanBurialGround #Jazz #NatKingCole #OTD #BlackHistory #todayinblackhistory

Image: Black and white portrait photograph of Nat King Cole smiling while singing.

African American baseball players were not able to play in the Major League Baseball due to owners refusing to hire them...
02/13/2020

African American baseball players were not able to play in the Major League Baseball due to owners refusing to hire them. "Rube" Foster gathered together a group of interested individuals on February 13, 1920 to create a league for African American baseball players. The league they created the Negro National League. #AFBG #AfricanBurialGround #FindYourPark #OTD #todayinblackhistory #baseball

Image: Postage stamp commemorating "Rube" Foster and the Negro Leagues.

On February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in New York Cit...
02/12/2020

On February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in New York City. 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." The work of the NAACP continues to impact us today! #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #NAACP #NewYorkCity #NYC #OTD #blackhistory #todayinblackhistory

Image: Photograph of the Atlanta NAACP taken in 1920

The 15th Amendment giving all men the right to vote was ratified on February 3, 1870. #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #F...
02/03/2020

The 15th Amendment giving all men the right to vote was ratified on February 3, 1870. #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #OTD #todayinblackhistory #15Amendment #Constitution #USConstitution #Vote #Voting

Image: Cover of Harper's Weekly celebrating voting rights for African American men. The print shows African American men lined up to vote.

Black History Month 2020African Americans and the VoteFeb. 1 (All Day) - Never Lose Sight of Freedom Not Rated (26 mins)...
01/31/2020

Black History Month 2020
African Americans and the Vote

Feb. 1 (All Day) - Never Lose Sight of Freedom Not Rated (26 mins)
Feb. 4 at 1 PM- Frederick Douglass Not Rated (60 mins)
Feb. 6 at 1 PM - Slavery and the Making of America: The Challenge of Freedom Not Rated (90 mins)
Feb. 8 at 2:30 PM (Lecture) - What is Radical Citizenship? Discussion about where the past meets present and the idea of radical citizenship.
Feb. 13 at 1 PM- Mr. Civil Rights Not Rated (60 mins)
Feb. 17 (All Day) Presidents Day - President George W. Bush declared the site as a National Monument. Come write him a reflection about what the site means to you.
Feb. 18 at 1 PM- Slavery By Another Name Not Rated (90 mins)
Feb. 22 at 1 PM- Selma PG-13 (128 mins)
Feb. 26 at 1 PM- Freedom Riders Not Rated (200 mins)
Feb. 27 (All Day) - 10 Year Anniversary celebration of the Visitor Center

Ranger Programs (11:30 AM and 2:30 PM)
Feb. 5 - Reconstruction Amendments
Feb. 11 - Struggle Against Segregation
Feb. 12 & 28 - Voting Craft Workshops
Feb. 14 & 29 - Voting Rights Act of 1965
Feb. 21 - Art Tours

All Month - A Legacy of Black Achievement, an exhibition by the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #BlackHistoryMonth

On January 31, 1865, the 13th Amendment passed Congress and was sent to the states for ratification. The amendment text ...
01/31/2020

On January 31, 1865, the 13th Amendment passed Congress and was sent to the states for ratification. The amendment text is as follows:

Section 1
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2
Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

#AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #OTD #13thAmendment #13Amendment #Constitution #USConstitution #FindYourPark #todayinblackhistory

Image: Joint resolution of the 38th Congress proposing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery.

Bessie Coleman, the first African American and the first Native American female pilot, was born on January 26, 1892. She...
01/26/2020

Bessie Coleman, the first African American and the first Native American female pilot, was born on January 26, 1892. She was famous for performing impressive flying tricks. Throughout her life she encouraged African Americans and women to achieve their dreams! #AfricanBurialGround #AFBG #ABG #FindYourPark #OTD #todayinblackhistory #FemalePilot #Pilot #trailblazer

Images: Photograph of her in front of a plane. Picture of her pilots license.

On January 25, 1993: The Federal Steering  Committee approves seven resolutions to commemorate the African Burial Ground...
01/25/2020

On January 25, 1993: The Federal Steering Committee approves seven resolutions to commemorate the African Burial Ground and the history of the African presence in NYC

27 years ago today, Thurgood Marshall became an ancestor. During his life, he fought tirelessly against segregation. He ...
01/24/2020

27 years ago today, Thurgood Marshall became an ancestor. During his life, he fought tirelessly against segregation. He famously argued Brown v. Board of Education in front of the United States Supreme Court that led to segregation in public schools being declared unconstitutional. In 1967, he became the first African American Supreme Court Justice. His legacy continues to impact us today! #AfricanBurialGround #ABG #AFBG #FindYourPark #OTD #todayinblackhistory #ThurgoodMarshall #MrCivilRights #SCOTUS

Images:Black and white photograph of Thurgood Marshall sitting. Official 1976 U.S. Supreme Court portrait of Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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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.

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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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