• African Burial Ground National Memorial

    African Burial Ground

    National Monument New York

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  • Outdoor Memorial Closure

    Starting November 1, 2014 through March 2, 2015 the African Burial Ground National Monument's outdoor memorial will be closed for the winter season. The indoor visitor center will remain open daily through the winter Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Decoding Our Memorial's Symbols

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The Memorial and its symbols: African Burial Ground National Monument Rangers explain the symbolism behind the memorial in a series of podcasts.

These symbols are also linked to QR (quick response) codes created by our rangers. Download our QR code handout, print it out, bring it with you, and use your smartphone to learn more about the hidden meaning of the symbols used at our site and by African people. If you would like to learn more about any of the symbols, click on the picture of the symbol you would like to learn more about in order to hear a podcast about that symbol.

 
Nsibidi Symbol
Nsibidi Symbol
 
Akoma Symbol
Akoma Symbol
 
Denkyem Symbol
Denkyem Symbol
 
Funtunfunefu Denkyemfunefu
Dwennimen Symbol
 
Funtunfunefu Denkyemfunefu
Funtunfunefu Symbol
 
Akoma Ntoso Symbol
Akoma Ntoso Symbol
 
Matie Masie Symbol
Matie Masie Symbol
 
Baron Samedi Symbol
Baron Samedi Symbol
 
Yowa Symbol
Yowa Symbol
 
ManMan Brigitte Symbol
ManMan Brigitte Symbol
 
Tanit Symbol
Tanit Symbol
 
Latin Cross Symbol
Latin Cross Symbol
 
Medicine Wheel Symbol
Medicine Wheel Symbol
 
Ankh Symbol
Ankh Symbol
 
Hye Won Hye Symbol
Hye Won Hye Symbol
 
Asase Ye Duru Symbol
Asase Ye Duru Symbol
 
Nsoromma Symbol
Nsoromma Symbol
 
Nkisi Sarabanda Symbol
Nkisi Sarabanda Symbol
 
Gye Nyame Symbol
Gye Nyame Symbol
 
Legba Symbol
Legba Symbol
 
Sankofa Symbol
Sankofa Symbol
 
Nyame Biribi Wo Soro Symbol
Nyame Biribi Wo Soro Symbol
 
Nsibidi Journey Symbol
Nsibidi Journey Symbol

Did You Know?

The Sankofa has a strong association with the African Burial Ground

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...