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African Burial Ground National Monument


The African Burial Ground National Monument is the first National Monument dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. It is the newest National Monument in New York City, joining the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Castle Clinton National Monument.

The African Burial Ground National Monument's story is both old and new; It began use in the 17th or 18th century, but was only rediscovered in the past 20 years. Our story is both the story of the Africans whose holy place this was, but also the story of the modern day New Yorkers who fought to honor these ancestors. One such ancestor is Christopher Moore, a descendant of Groot Manuel--one of the first 11 enslaved Africans in New York City--who has written extensively on our history. A brief history of our site written by author and historian Christopher Moore


Cherishe Cumma

Monday, June 18, 2018
My "Black New York" professor Dionne Bennett treated the class to a field trip to the African Burial Ground because it aligned with the class's coursework. As college students we were ecstatic to go on a field trip because it's uncommon for students our age to be taken off campus to learn. On the day of our field trip we all met up at the museum , which can be a bit difficult to find because of the many buildings in the vicinity. However, after finding the site and entering the building, this museum left me speechless for quite a bit of time . Although small the museum was beautifully, yet gracefully designed. I was not prepared for the amount of knowledge that was provided to me , and at times some of the new information became overwhelming. Without giving too much away , I would say that if you are in the area do yourself a favor and visit The African Burial Ground. The experience is unlike any other.

Dio Koutras

Thursday, July 19, 2018
The African burial grounds is a very special place. While the location might be small and the exhibition limited, the history surrounding the place is just exceptional. Highly recommended

M Girkinger

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Underrated site and incredible museum. Small but so full of information. Be sure to watch the introductory first and then explore the exhibits to get the most out of it.

Mickayla Brown

Saturday, March 10, 2018
This museum is amazing! I understand why it’s no admission charge.. they just want people to be educated!! Highly recommend to everyone.. it makes you appreciate everything you have today💕👍🏼

Billie Davies

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Powerful and should be required to visit and learn. Easy to walk around and see the exhibits.

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