• African Burial Ground National Memorial

    African Burial Ground

    National Monument New York

For Teachers

Many students from Howard University participate in an annual visit to the African Burial Ground where they learn our history


The African Burial Ground National Monument offers off-site and on-site presentations, guided walking tours, and a special archeology program. Groups larger than 10 are required to make reservations. Reservations are neccessary to ensure adequate preparation and staff availability. On-site presentations may be scheduled collectively or individually.

Off-site presentation

Off-site presentations consist of a 60-minute program offered by NPS staff at your location. The ranger shows a film approximately 20 minutes in length and then speaks on the history and significance of the site from it's establishment to the opening of the new visitor center.

On-site presentation

On-site presentations in the visitor center consist of a 60-minute program led by NPS staff. The program includes a 20-minute film, an orientation to the exhibits, and an opportunity for self led exploration of the center's interactive elements.

On-site memorial talks consist of a 20-minute talk led by NPS staff at the outdoor memorial. The talk highlights the symbolism and significance of the memorial and the efforts to preserve and protect this sacred place.

Walking Tours

Walking Tours are offered from March-November and are for mature high school students and adults. Walking tours are for groups of sixteen people or less and last for 1.5 hours of city walking. Do you want to design a walking tour of your own that goes to numerous other sites? This link can take you to places from our past throughout New York City

A Broader View: Exploring the African Presence in Early New York walking tour highlights how free and enslaved Africans played an important role in the development of New York City. Social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of African and African American life are discussed at sites located in Lower Manhattan such as Fort Amsterdam, the Wall Street Slave Market, the Slave Revolt of 1712, and much more. Photos of this walking tour can be found at this link. Many of the sites that are a part of this tour can be visited on your own using this handout.

Abolitionist Walking Tour examines how the neighborhood surrounding the African Burial Ground evolved into the center of African-American life known as Little Africa. Explore some of the key locations in this neighborhood, including the original homes of the A.M.E. Zion Church, St Philips Church, and the Abyssinian Baptist Church, several underground railroad stops, and the centers of education for African New Yorkers in the Antebellum period. Want to see the places from this tour? Check out the following photos from this tour


Reservations are required for these programs. Download an Educational Service Request Form to begin the reservation process.

If you have any questions regarding visitation to the African Burial Ground National Monument or the reservation process please call (212) 637-2019.

I always associated slavery with the plantations in the South.  I did not know there had been slavery in New York!

A visit to our site can help visitors learn about history they never knew before

Whether you have already scheduled your class's visit to African Burial Ground National Monument or planning for a future visit, you can click on the following links for materials that are available to teachers.


African Burial Ground National Monument is in the process of evaluating and developing future educational programs. When they are finalized we will post them here.

Did You Know?

A map shows the African Burial Ground in relationship to the NYC street grid

The African Burial Ground, called the Negroes Burial Ground by the Dutch and English, was closed to make way for development and covered with landfill, concrete and buildings.