• 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

The ancestral remains of 419 individuals, which were removed in 1991 and taken to Howard University for scientific study, were reinterred at the African Burial Ground Memorial Site on October 4, 2003. Each year, October 4 is a day of remembrance and celebration at the African Burial Ground. More...