• African Burial Ground National Memorial

    African Burial Ground

    National Monument New York

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?

A map shows the African Burial Ground in relationship to the NYC street grid

The African Burial Ground, called the Negroes Burial Ground by the Dutch and English, was closed to make way for development and covered with landfill, concrete and buildings.