African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument, New York City

African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument
4.5
Historic Sites • Monuments & Statues
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4.5
145 reviews
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Shay M
Gulfport, MS82 contributions
Closed due to COVID19
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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Lioli M
Harare, Zimbabwe6 contributions
Insightful
Jul 2019
Very quiet and serene place rich with historical information. Interactive exhibits and very helpful staff
Written March 11, 2020
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William Parker
New York City, NY39 contributions
A Trip To The African Burial Ground National Monument
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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THE TRAVELLER
Malaga, Spain10,276 contributions
Monument currently scaffolded
Nov 2019 • Solo
Vert historic site - back in 1o91 when they started construction work on the federal office they dicovered human burials and 419 skeletons were removed from tje ground. These remains were eventually reburied in mahogany coffins from Ghana close to where they were originally found. Analysis of the remains revelaed that work was hard, life was short any many had net with a violent end. Reseach has shown that this was part of the original negros burial ground and 15000 Africans and African descendants were buried in the area from 1626 to the late 1700's. The time of the slave trade.
Written November 9, 2019
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RafikiLondon
Hong Kong, China503 contributions
More then just a burial ground.
Sep 2019
I have wanted to visit this place for over a decade. The memorial itself was under scaffolding for some repairs, but this did not deter from the visit, which was emotional. I had a similar feeling to that when I have visited holocaust memorials - of loss, of sadness of peoples lives and the acts of inhumanity. This visit came on the back of visits to Elmina Castle in Ghana and Goree Island in Senegal within months. So it felt like I was following the enslaved Africans across the ocean. You definitely should also visit the Visitors Centre.
Written September 18, 2019
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Lina629
New York City, NY154 contributions
Special and enlightening
Sep 2019 • Solo
I stumbled across this place while walking towards the train station in the city. I had heard of it previously but never visited but I’m glad that I did today. There is so much history at this location. I felt like I shouldn’t have been standing on it knowing that my ancestors were possibly buried here. However, it blessed my day by gaining so much valuable information about it.
Written September 4, 2019
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David
Murray, KY45 contributions
Hidden Gem
Jul 2019
I didn't even realize this place existed and was excited to stumble onto it. The memorial itself is an interesting piece, although I find it kind of weird the artist decided to shape it after the ships that brought the ancestors of those buried here to their enslavement. The museum is short but has some interest artifacts. I would suggest checking out the Museum of Natural History for a more extensive selection, but this museum is free and focuses more on the peoples represented in this memorial. The memorial has a lot of symbolism and it's worth checking out and taking time to reflect on the diversity of life, that these weren't slaves, these were people with a rich culture that was buried under an oppressive system.
Written August 7, 2019
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ogol17
Joshua Tree, CA790 contributions
Fascinating, unknown chapter in NYC history
Jul 2019 • Solo
Ran into this monument by accident walking in the area. Was fascinated to read about the history of the place. Well worth a short visit.
Written July 30, 2019
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moodymcsue
moodymcsue86 contributions
A Story that We Should all See and Hear
May 2019 • Couples
My husband an I spent a couple of hours of exploring the monument and museum. We enjoyed the 20 minute film presentation and the interpretive exhibits. We had not heard the story of how these ancestors' graves were discovered, and how community advocates insisted that the remains be given the respect that they deserve. The artifacts and displays are informative and moving, illuminating the reality of the lives of enslaved people in New York City, and the significance of this sacred location. The monument itself is beautiful and thought-provoking. We are glad that we visited this place, and learned this part of history. We will not forget it.
Written June 2, 2019
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Michelle P
Kingston, WA79 contributions
History tucked away, but worth a look
Apr 2019 • Couples
This small monument and museum is tucked away behind the Ted Weiss Federal Building on Duane Street.It is a poignant reminder of what life was like for African American in the early history of the country. It is also a monument to community activism as it was the community who fought to have this area preserved.I learned a lot.
Written April 28, 2019
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