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African Burial Ground National Monument

A Place of Remembrance

 

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Don Morfe, September 26, 2010
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Inscription. A Place of Remembrance-(left side of the marker) From the 1690s until 1794, an estimated 15,000 enslaved and free Africans were laid to rest in the African Burial Ground. In 1991, during construction of the Ted Weiss Federal Building, 419 human skeletal remains were exhumed. The rediscovery of the cemetery sparked vigorous efforts to preserve this hallowed ground. In 1993 a small portion of the original 6.6-acre cemetery became the first below-ground New York City landmark and a national historic landmark. African Burial Ground National Monument was proclaimed on February 27, 2006. Widely regarded as one of America’s most significant archeological finds of the 20th century, it is also a place of remembrance and reflection.

Circle of the Diaspora-The African Diaspora is the forced removal of Africans from their homeland to different parts of the world. It is also Africans’ unwavering spirit and ability to adapt. This circular wall, ramp, and interior court display cultural and spiritual images from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and other areas throughout the Diaspora.

Ancestral Chamber (right side of the marker)-The 24-foot-high Ancestral Chamber represents the soaring African spirit and the distance below the ground from which the ancestral remains were exhumed. It is made of Verde Fontaine green granite from Africa. The

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By Don Morfe, September 26, 2010
2. African Burial Ground National Monument Marker
heart like Sankofa symbol from West Africa means “to learn from the past to prepare for the future.” The exterior recalls a ship’s hold and provides a place for individual contemplation and prayer.

Ancestral Reinterment Ground-On October 4, 2003, the exhumed ancestral remains were reburied on this site. The bones and accompanying artifacts were placed in hand-carved wooden coffins made in Ghana and lined with Kente cloth. The coffins were placed in seven crypts as close as possible to the original burial positions with heads facing west. Seven burial mounds mark the locations of the reinterments. If you wish, you may place flowers on top of the burial mounds.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 40° 42.876′ N, 74° 0.264′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Duane Street on Broadway. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 290 Broadway, New York NY 10007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Sankofa" (a few steps from this marker); Surrogates Court (about 400 feet away, measured in

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By Don Morfe, September 26, 2010
3. African Burial Ground National Monument Marker
a direct line); Civic Center (about 400 feet away); Broadway-Chambers Building (about 500 feet away); The Rotunda (about 600 feet away); Municipal Building (about 600 feet away); Horace Greeley (about 600 feet away); Joseph Pulitizer (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  African Burial Ground National Monument - National Park Service. (Submitted on January 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
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By Don Morfe, September 26, 2010
4. African Burial Ground National Monument Marker
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By Don Morfe, September 26, 2010
5. African Burial Ground National Monument Marker
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
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By Don Morfe, September 26, 2010
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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