• 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?

The Sankofa is strongly associated with the African Burial Ground

Lost to history due to landfill and development, the African Burial Ground was rediscovered in 1991 during the construction of a Federal office building. Approximately 15,000 free and enslaved Africans were buried in the five or six acre burial ground that dates from the 17th century. More...