Hye won hye literally translates to “that which does not burn.” The meaning of this symbol was derived from the practices of walking on fiery coals by traditional African priests, without burning their feet. The act of walking over the hot coals without harm is a complete contradiction to human logic, and indicates the priests’ nature of holiness and physical and mental endurance that allowed this inconceivable act to become possible. Hye Won Hye serves as an inspiration to others to be tough in difficult times and endure hardships that may come your way. This symbol resonates within the African Burial Ground through representing the imperishable spirit of all the African-Americans that were buried here.
Last updated: November 5, 2015