African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument
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Only1CochiseBrown
Tampa, FL462 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
All cultures can learn from our history and this discovery is how my wife and I chose to spend our New Year’s Eve. The museum was very informative and the park Rangers very helpful. I highly recommend an hour or two to visit this museum and monument. A very humbling experience.
Written December 31, 2021
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Mel L
London, UK29 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Highly recommended if you are interested in historical information about African American. The tour was 90 minutes long, but it has covered in-depth details about the archeological found of hundreds of African American human remains in Manhattan in 1993. This tour and visitor center were fully documented about the establishment and the fight for this forgotten history to be memorized. Moreover, the found was detailed described about how enslavers remained their culture when memorized their loved ones. It was a wonderful tour and it has some healing power when understanding the history of the culture in the US.
Written August 17, 2022
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dilion74
Toronto, Canada40 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
I saw this tour while looking at a map of lower Manhattan. I dug further into this and booked a tour (only $3.00 for 3 people). This is such an important piece of history and the fact that it’s not advertised more is a shame. The guide/Ranger was very thoughtful and spoke with understanding, we were very happy that we could share this experience and felt this should be talked about more!
Written September 4, 2022
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Shay M
Gulfport, MS82 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This placed is closed due to the pandemic. It was not listed as closed online it cost us an Uber trip for nothing. If you walk around back you can take some pictures and actually see monument and graves.
Written June 23, 2021
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nkmiles
Winter Park, FL36 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
This museum is in the location of a slave burial ground from the 1700's when lower Manhattan was a very different place. It was discovered when the foundation for a new Federal office tower was started. Thanks to a lot of community involvement a compromise was reached and a museum was assembled telling the story of the slaves and their burial ground and the office tower was built over it with a memorial holding the remains of the slaves right next to it. It is part of the US Park Service and is free to enter. Because it is in a federal building with active offices you do have to go through TSA like security- the only negative to the experience but it IS worth it.
Written July 23, 2014
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bhlraven1916
Atlanta, GA938 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
One of the best kept secrets in New York. About a 3 Minute walk from the Brooklyn Bridge City Hall 4 train stop. Very informative and some really good displays. I believe outside all the scaffols took away from Ancestral Libation Chamber. Must see if you're visiting NYC.
Written June 28, 2018
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kleic
San Antonio, TX1,015 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
It's hard to imagine that this fairly nondescript part of lower Manhattan just north of City Hall was 300 years ago north of the city's outer limits and used for burials of the city's enslaved population of Africans and African descendants. And yet that's what was discovered 25 years ago when construction began on a new federal building. Indeed, that's what poet Maya Angelou refers to when she wrote "You may bury me in the bottom of Manhattan. I will rise." The story of how it went from that discovery to a small National Park is a story of political activism and a the hard work of a lot of people. You can learn about that and about what life was like in 17th and early 18th century New York generally and for enslaved people specifically by watching the short movie and looking at the displays in the Visitors' Center. Definitely a part of the story of New York that isn't told in most of the histories. Be sure to also visit the outdoor memorial around the corner off Duane Street.
Written October 18, 2014
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Diana Zh
Atyrau, Kazakhstan159 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
The memorial itself is important. Apparently, it is the biggest archaeological find in 20th century a North America. What is also worth noting is how there was even a memorial established. I recommend stopping by if you are in the area. It is small, yet simple but significant. I took a photo to post here, too.
Written July 20, 2014
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William Parker
New York City, NY39 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
When visiting New York City, there are very few historical monuments and museums to experience that are interesting, interactive, and eye opening, and The African Burial Ground National Monument is one of them.

From its 20 minute film that will set the scene, to its many audio ventures, there is no doubt that The African Burial Ground National Monument will leave you both stunned at the truth of the History you never knew, and questioning every detail of New York City.

There is also a large factor of fascination of knowing that through learning all the details of the museum, you are standing on the Burial Grounds itself. And that is an element that leaves you to experience this Museum like no other.

Therefore if you are a tourist or native New Yorker, you should definitely go and check out this one of a kind, devastating historical experience.
Written November 24, 2019
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Jim D
Edisto Island, SC69 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
During a visit to Federal Hall in lower Manhattan, we learned about another national monument but one of which we had no knowledge. This is the African Burial Ground which is located on Broadway and Duane, not far from City Hall. We took a walk over to learn about the discovery of the buried remains of many African enslaved people in 17th and 18th century NYC. When the construction began for a new federal government building in the early 1990s, the workers discovered the bones of many, many human beings who were later confirmed to be African enslaved people. What to do with the site then became a source of contention between the government and local African American groups who saw this place as sacred ground. A compromise was eventually reached but for touirists today it is not this contention that is important but the fact that the history of African Americans in our country has been so often covered up, both literally and figuratively. On the day before our visit to the African Burial Ground monument, we visited Ellis Island. The comparison between these two sites of great importance to our country's history was inevitable. My only disappointment with our visit to the ABG was the fact that the outside portion, which includes a physical monument, was closed during winter months.
Written December 21, 2017
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