New and Social Media at The African Burial Ground
New and Social Media at the African Burial Ground National Monument
The African Burial Ground National Monument has adopted a variety of social media platforms in order to enhance our interpretive offerings. Out of the nearly 400 National Park Service units, we are the most followed national park service site on twitter; Follow us by clicking the following link.
The African Burial Ground National Monument also utilizes photo sharing websites to communicate what is happening at our site to our visitors as well as sharing photographs from our archives and images of special events. See these images on our flickr account, yfrog account, and our twitpic account.
The African Burial Ground National monument is also breaking new ground in the world of podcasting. Our rangers create podcasts as a way to inform visitors around the world about our site's histoy, symbolism, and meaning. These podcasts or as we call them, digital gallery talks, can help inform our visitors about our site's meaning before, after, or during a visit to our visitor center. We have also created a set of podcasts that tells the meaning of the symbols used at our memorial.
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...