The African Burial Ground National Monument is one of New York City’s most historically significant landmarks. A vitally important part of New York as well as American history, this site signifies one of the long-forgotten parts of the city’s vast history: the enslavement of Africans during the colonial and federal periods. One of the most distinct and fascinating landmarks in all of New York City, it is definitely worth a visit.
The site is located in Lower Manhattan, at the corner of Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way. Historians believe that between 15,000 and 20,000 Africans were buried here over the course of New York City’s colonial history. The cemetery was closed by the city in 1795 and forgotten until its remarkable rediscovery in 1991 during a modern construction development of the area. The site was soon designated a National Historic Landmark, and became a dedicated memorial to the African slaves buried there.
Today, the African Burial Ground National Monument is one of the top attractions in Lower Manhattan. The site now contains a memorial and visitor center with a wealth of information about the burial ground and African-American history in early New York City.
A landmark like no other in New York, the African Burial Ground National Monument is historically fascinating, culturally significant, and well worth a visit for anyone in the city.