• African Burial Ground National Memorial

    African Burial Ground

    National Monument New York

Civil War to Civil Rights

When Trinity Church established that no African Americans could be buried within the churchyards of Manhattan, free and enslaved Africans were left to bury their dead beyond the city limits. Injustices like this happened throughout America before and after the Civil War. The National Park Service is collecting these stories as we approach the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end. Click here to see the many roads travelled to where we are today.

Did You Know?

The Sankofa is strongly associated with the African Burial Ground

Lost to history due to landfill and development, the African Burial Ground was rediscovered in 1991 during the construction of a Federal office building. Approximately 15,000 free and enslaved Africans were buried in the five or six acre burial ground that dates from the 17th century. More...