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In the 1990s, the General Services Administration (GSA) was building government offices when human remains were found 25-30 feet underground. Who were these people and why were they buried here? This discovery led scientists, historians, and the public to study a long-forgotten chapter in New York’s history when enslaved Africans helped build the colony of New Amsterdam (the name of the colony before it changed to New York). African Burial Ground National Monument honors these Africans’ memory and contributions. Their spirit continues to guide visitors’ understanding of slavery in New York City’s history. Visit this free national park site and find out what this story means to you.
African Burial Ground National Monument is close to the Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall, in Lower Manhattan.
African Burial Ground National Monument visitor center address is 290 Broadway, between Duane and Reade Streets.
The outside memorial is located on the corner of Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street).
At the Visitor Center
To enter the visitor center all visitors must go through a metal detector.
The visitor center has bathrooms, water fountains, exhibits, a 20-minute park movie and a bookstore.
Please do not eat food (including gum), drink, or smoke inside the building. Please silence any mobile devices while inside the visitor center.
One can take non-commercial photos and video in the Visitor Center exhibit area. One needs a permit for commercial photos and videos and special events hosted at the African Burial Ground National Monument.
A ranger must guide visitors who want to take photos and videos of the artwork in the Ted Weiss Federal Building’s lobby.
At the Memorial
There are no bathrooms at the memorial. Please do not eat or drink in the memorial. Food and drink are available close by.
Click here for details on the design of the monument.
African Burial Ground National Monument allows service animals into the visitor center and memorial.
The African Burial Ground National Monument Visitor Center and Memorial are Accessible. See a ranger for more information or call 212-23-4367.
Groups that have a ranger-led tour should arrive on time.
New York, NY 10007
The African Burial Ground National Monument is located on the first floor of the Ted Weiss Federal Building located at 290 Broadway in Lower Manhattan; close to Foley Square and just north of City Hall. The cross streets are Duane Street and Reade Street.
Entrance Fee - $0.00
Admission to this park site is free of charge.
Park Specific Passes - $0.00
There are no park-specific passes required or sold at this location.
Last updated: February 1, 2018