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 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 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.
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.
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
Uncovering the Story of the African Burial Ground Through Archeology is an example of one of the types of educational programs designed to help students learn more about archeology by examining replica artifacts from the African Burial Ground. The program lasts 90 minutes, and is intended for students in the 5th through 8th grades.
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.
Whether you have already scheduled your class's visit to African Burial Ground National Monument or planning for a future visit, you can click here for information on the following 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?
New York's African Burial Ground is the final resting place of approximately 15,000 free and enslaved Africans. Dating from the late 17th century. It has been called one of the most important archaeological finds of our time. More...