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.

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Take a tour of the African Burial Ground

Book a tour at the African Burial Ground!

Groups of all ages enjoy our ranger-led tours. Reserve a tour, at no charge, of our site today! (PDF -- 74KB)

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Buffalo Soldiers

African-American History Month

Celebrate African-American History Month at African Burial Ground National Monument Multiple events planned throughout February.

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Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park

The Every Kid in a Park initiative invites every 4th grade student to visit a national park during the 2015 - 2016 school year for free.

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Interns at the African Burial Ground

We love our interns!

Interns are a valued asset to our park site. Our 2015 interns did a great deal of research, some of which became part of this website.

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The National Park Service turns 100!

Celebrating 100 Years of Service

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100! The Centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks.

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See how the African Burial Ground connects to the Civil Rights movement

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.

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Blue bead made of ground glass.

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.

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Visit our social media for African Burial Ground!

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!

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