A Sacred Space in Manhattan
From about the 1690s until 1794, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6-acre burial ground in Lower Manhattan, outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, later known as New York. Lost to history due to landfill and development, the grounds were rediscovered in 1991 as a consequence of the planned construction of a Federal office building.
Learn more about the origins and history of Pinkster during a special outdoor celebration on Saturday, May 25th!Read More
There is always more to learn.
Education is important to all of us, and especially to our youth. Take advantage of programs available to school groups at the African Burial Ground.Read More
Book a tour at the African Burial Ground!
Groups of all ages enjoy our free site visits, off-site programs, and walking tours. Reserve a tour of our site today!Read More
Visit our social media for African Burial Ground!
African Burial Ground NM is all about social media! You can follow us on Twitter, and don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook!Read More
A simple glass bead, an important history.
This blue bead was rediscovered at the African Burial Ground. Preservation is a key to conveying its past.Read More
Civil War to Civil Rights
Click below to learn how the National Park Service is exploring the ongoing struggles to realize the promises of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.Read More
Did You Know?
New York's African Burial Ground is the nation's earliest known African and African American cemetery. An estimated 15,000 men, women and children were buried here between the late 1600s and the mid 1790s. More...