• African Burial Ground National Memorial

    African Burial Ground

    National Monument New York

Reinterment Ceremonies

Maya Angelou at podium, Mayor Bloomberg, Nadler October 2003 ceremony

Maya Angelou, Bloomberg, Nadler at Reinterment Ceremony October 4, 2003


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.

Did You Know?

A map shows the African Burial Ground in relationship to the NYC street grid

The African Burial Ground, called the Negroes Burial Ground by the Dutch and English, was closed to make way for development and covered with landfill, concrete and buildings.