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African Burial Ground National Monument
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Ranked #217 of 1,092 things to do in New York City
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“Give it a try.”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

It's not a very big museum but it's set out quite nicely with interesting displays. I have been to The Gambia ( Roots series) and also Cotonou in Nigeria, both where slaves were shipped from and this museum somehow completes the circle. The memorial outside is quite grand and completes the story of the excavations during building.

Visited July 2013
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“Little known history of NYC”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

I was glad to have found out about this part of NYC's history. Very interesting to learn about. Very good information centre with a understated monument to those buried here and forgotten for so long.

Visited July 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Everyone should go”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

African history is American history. If you go to NYC, please visit the African Burial Ground. The information is very interesting, and I learned some things that I never knew before! The Museum is beautiful and well planned out. I only wish it were larger. I want to thank the people of New York for taking a stand and preserving the resting place of the African slaves who were instrumental in building New York.

Visited August 2013
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Emotional visit”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

I get emotional every time I visit the African Burial Ground National Monument. The inscription on the main carving sums up my feelings:

For all those who were lost

For all those who were stolen

For all those who were left behind

For all those who were not forgotten

Visited March 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A 'must see' in Manhattan”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

A touching, emotional yet understated monument and visitor centre.

For me, there can be monuments, museums and literature about moments in history that can be over done, and be almost too full on with the subject matter with the hope of some kind of emotional trap with fact distortions to gain critical credit and attraction. The African Burial Ground/Visitor Centre isn't one of them. It is subtle, to the point, very interesting, truthful and emotional.

Some part of me would like to see it advertised more as an attraction so more people can visit and pay their respects to such an important history in the US and world. However, because it is such a serene and respectful area amongst the hectic pace of Manhattan, those who do seek it out or stumble across it will be overwhelmed by its story and presentation.

The monument is an excellent piece of work, and earth mounds heartbreaking. The visitor centre (entrance round the corner) entailed a 20 minute documentary, that should be watched before the small walk around the museum. A lovely lady at the reception kindly put the documentary on especially for us and another visitor without us even asking. In the museum there was general information on the subject and more. The photos of all the grave digs covering a whole wall was impressive, and ofcourse there was a gift shop with a good variety of historical books.

I would definately recommend this museum and monument, and would urge you to pass the good word on.

Visited May 2013
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