• African Burial Ground National Memorial

    African Burial Ground

    National Monument New York


Preservation is about deciding what's important, figuring out how to protect it,and passing along an appreciation for what was saved to the next generation.

Preservation is hands on.

Howard University, working with noted scholars and researchers throughout the United States, conducted intense research and analysis into the history, bioanthropology and archaeology of the African Burial Ground site. Three component reports were published-the African Burial Ground Final History Report, the African Burial Ground Final Skeletal Biology Report and the African Burial Ground Final Archaeology Report.

The reports present the results of three separate but complementary avenues of research and analysis-historical, bioanthropological and archaeological.


Silver pendant recovered with Burial 254

Silver pendant recovered with Burial 254


Burial 254 is of a child between 3 ½ and 5 ½ years old. A silver pendant was recovered during laboratory cleaning of the skeletal remains. It was found near the child’s mandible and may have been worn as an earring or strung around the neck. The original artifacts were reinterred with 419 ancestral remains in 2003; however, replicas of some of the original artifacts are displayed at the Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

The Sankofa has strong associations with the African Burial Ground

Unearthed during the excavation of the federal office building at 290 Broadway in New York City in 1991, the African Burial Ground was designated a New York City Historic District, a National Historic Landmark and, on February 27, 2006, a National Monument. More...