The Rites of Ancestral Return commemorative ceremony, which began with an Evening Departure Ceremony at Howard University, documented and celebrated the contribution of African Americans as the ancestral remains from the African Burial Ground were returned from Washington, D.C., to New York City. The remains were given a permanent resting-place at the African Burial Ground Memorial Site on October 4, 2003.
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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...