New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Foley Square c. 1730
The African Burial Ground Story
This medallion lies just beyond the edge of the African Burial Ground. Closed in 1794, the African Burial ground once covered more than 5 acres – about 5 city blocks. It is estimated that about 10,000 men, women and children of African Heritage were buried in the original cemetery. Nestled between hills, a portion of the graveyard was covered with earth and buildings as the city expanded northward. It was assumed destroyed by centuries of development; however, in the early 1900’s intact burials were unearthed during the construction of 290 Broadway. The site is now a National Historic Landmark and within the New York City African Burial Ground and Commons Historic District. The surviving remnant of the burial ground is dedicated to all who were enslaved in the city’s early history from 1825 until July 4, 1827, Emancipation Day in New York.
Location. 40° 42.854′ N, 74° 0.209′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Duane Street, on the right when traveling south on Lafayette Street. Touch for map. The marker is set flat into the pavement. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Judge Walter R. Mansfield Memorial (here, next to this marker); Triumph of the Human Spirit African Burial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Civic Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Africans in Early New York (within shouting distance of this marker); Changing Landscape Obscures the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Foley Square c. 1800 (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Tradition, Sacred Ground (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding Foley Square c. 1730. One of several markers in the area dealing with Foley Square and/or The African Burial Ground.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on March 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 2. submitted on March 23, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.