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Contact: Mindi Rambo, 212-668-2208
NEW YORK -- The National Park Service (NPS) today announced that the outdoor memorial at African Burial Ground National Monument will remain closed through March 31, 2014 due to the unusually cold and snowy weather and the accompanying prediction of a prolonged inclement winter season. The memorial originally was closed from November 17, 2013 through March 3, 2014.
Visitor safety is the NPS's first concern, and the freezing conditions associated with winter present a hazard. The few visitors the memorial typically sees between the end of November and the end of March will be directed to the visitor center, where rangers will be able to answer questions about the symbolism and construction of the memorial.
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 7-acre site containing the remains of approximately 15,000 people, making it the largest African cemetery excavated in North America.
Plan your visit
The African Burial Ground National Monument is located on the first floor of the Ted Weiss Federal Building at 290 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, close to Foley Square and just north of City Hall. 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). The M15, M22 and B51 City Hall bus routes all terminate within walking distance and the M1 and M6 South Ferry route passes nearby. Ask the driver for the stop closest to Broadway and Duane Street.
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