Kwanzaa 2015

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Date: December 7, 2015
Contact: John Harlan Warren, 917-829-0425

New York – Celebrate Kwanzaa on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan.

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration based on traditional African culture and values observed from December 26 through January 1. The holiday celebrates family, community responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwana,” a Swahili term meaning “first fruits.”

Enjoy a day filled with family-friendly activities at New York City’s African Burial Ground. Activities include: music, dance and spoken word performances; a lecture on regenerating African spirituality; a crafts workshop; a libation ceremony, and; the lighting of the kinara (candleholder).

All activities are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit or call (212) 637-2019.


One of the most significant archaeological finds in U.S. History, New York City’s African Burial Ground was rediscovered in 1991 when construction began on a federal office building in lower Manhattan. The National Park Service site is part of an original 6.6-acre site containing the remains of approximately 15,000 people, buried in the 17th and 18th century, making it the largest African cemetery excavated in North America. The cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993 and as a National Monument on February 27, 2006.

How to Get There: African Burial Ground National Monument is located at 290 Broadway, 1st Floor. The 4, 5, 6,R, W, J, M and Z trains (Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall) are one block from the site, the A train is three blocks away (Chambers Street) and the 1 train is 4 blocks away (Chambers Street) and the 2 and 3 trains are 2 blocks away (Park Place). The A, C and E are 3 blocks away (Chambers/World Trade Center).

Last updated: February 1, 2016

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Mailing Address:

African Burial Ground NM
C/O Federal Hall National Memorial
26 Wall St

New York, NY 10005


(212) 637-2019

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