African Burial Ground NM Commemorates 25th Anniversary With Film Debut, Panel Discussion

African Burial Ground National Monument outside memorial, designed by Rodney Leon.
The outside memorial at African Burial Ground National Monument, designed by Rodney Leon.


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News Release Date: March 28, 2016

Contact: John Harlan Warren, acting public affairs officer, 917-829-0425

NEW YORK – On Thursday, March 31, join African Burial Ground National Monument, the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, and EVT Educational Productions, Inc. for a 25th anniversary commemoration of the rediscovery of New York City's African Burial Ground.

This National Park Service site will screen Then I'll Be Free to Travel Home: The Legacy of the NY African Burial Ground and The Ark of Return: The United Nations Memorial to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on the impact and legacy of slavery, moderated by veteran television anchor Carol Jenkins. Panelists include: J.E. Franklin, playwright of Black Girl; Sharon Wilkins, Deputy Borough Historian of Manhattan; Omyma David, representing the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme; Sean Ghazala, African Burial Ground Park Ranger, and;Eric V. Tait, Jr., filmmaker of Then I'll Be Free to Travel Home: The Legacy of the NY African Burial Ground.

All events and activities are free and open to the public. Space, however, is limited. A 5:30 P.M. arrival is suggested. Please e-mail us to reserve your spot. Schedule is subject to change.

The visitor center entrance, located at 290 Broadway, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. It is closed on Thanksgiving and December 25. For more information about visiting the park, visit or follow us on Twitter @AfBurialGrndNPS and on Facebook at

About African Burial Ground National Monument

One of the most significant archaeological finds in U.S. History, the African Burial Ground is a 17th- and 18th-century cemetery that was rediscovered in 1991 when construction began on a federal office building in lower Manhattan. In 1993, the site was preserved as a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior and was later designated as a National Monument by Presidential Proclamation on Feb. 27, 2006. The National Monument is part of an original 6.6-acre site containing the remains of approximately 15,000 people, making it the largest African cemetery excavated in North America.


Last updated: March 30, 2016

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