African Burial Ground National Monument
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rodney Léon and AARRIS Architects, 2007

The African Burial Ground National Monument at the corner of Duane and Elk Streets in New York City preserves a portion of an 6.6 acre African cemetery, which was used in the 17th and 18th centuries as a burial ground for approximately 15,000 Africans. The site currently operates as the African Burial Ground National Monument and is administered by the National Park Service. These Africans, both free and enslaved, were buried in the area from as early as the 1630s until 1794, when the burial ground was closed.

The Burial Ground was rediscovered in 1991 during the construction of a federal office building on Broadway between Duane and Reade Streets. Ultimately, 419 skeletal remains were uncovered and a compromise was struck between the General Services Administration, which was managing the construction, and the African-descendant community. In 2007, President George W. Bush proclaimed a memorial and national monument commemorating the role of Africans in early New York. In 2010, a 6,700-square-foot visitor center, with exhibit space and a research library, opened in the adjoining federal building.


Saturday Tour Info: A documentary film, Our Time at Last, will be shown twice per hour, augmenting self-guided tours.

For Kids: Junior Ranger educational activity booklets are available for families with children.

Access Notes: No weapons, sharp edged objects, tools, glass containers. All guests must undergo airport-style security screening.

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