• 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

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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?

Detail of the map in the heart of the memorial at African Burial Ground NM

Forty percent of the 419 sets of remains found during the rediscovery of the African Burial Ground were the remains of children. More...