• 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 has strong associations with the African Burial Ground

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...