Youth Week 2008
The African Burial Ground National Monument will host Youth Week 2008 Sunday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 11. The events will take place at the visitor center, located on the first floor of the Ted Weiss Federal Building at 290 Broadway in Manhattan.
Program offerings will include:
Family friendly programming —Sunday, Oct. 5
The Redhawk Native American Dance Company will demonstrate the music and dance of Native American Nations; the young people of Uptown Dance Academy will deliver a moving and expressive performance; and internationally renowned Something Positive will present an exciting performance.
School and Youth Group programming —Monday-Friday Oct. 6-10
A Broader View: Exploring the African Presence in Early New York —This walking tour that begins at Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street, and ends at the African Burial Ground highlights the lives, struggles, and accomplishments of enslaved and free Africans. This walking tour is geared toward high school students. Oct. 6, 11 a.m.; Oct. 7 & 8, 10 a.m.
African Puppet Making Workshop —This program is geared toward middle and high school students. Oct. 6, 10 a.m.; Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Waist Beading Workshop —This program is geared toward middle and high school students. Oct. 6, 1 p.m.; Oct. 9, 10 a.m. & noon
Children’s Story Time —This program is geared toward preschool to third-graders. Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Oct. 10, 10 a.m.
Uncovering the Story of the African Burial Ground through Archaeology —this program is geared toward middle school students. Oct. 8, 10 a.m.; Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m.
Family friendly programming —Saturday, Oct. 11
The day will feature the UMOJA Media Project youth panel discussion, and a special performance and dance workshop by Les Guirivoires. All events are free, but reservations are required for all and will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Reservation forms are available online at www.nps.gov/afbg or by calling (212) 637-1995.
The African Burial Ground memorial will offer extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in honor of Youth Week.
Did You Know?
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...