Reinterment Ceremonies

Maya Angelou at podium, Mayor Bloomberg, Nadler October 2003 ceremony
Maya Angelou, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler at the Memorial's Dedication Ceremony October 5, 2007

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The Rites of Ancestral Return commemorative ceremony, which began with an Evening Departure Ceremony at Howard University, documented and celebrated the contribution of African Americans as the ancestral remains from the African Burial Ground were returned from Washington, D.C., to New York City. The remains were given a permanent resting-place at the African Burial Ground Memorial Site on October 4, 2003.

 
Coffins on display at the location of our present-day memorial prior to their reinterment.
Coffins on display at the location of our outdoor memorial prior to their reinterment.

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