African Burial Ground National Monument

Fee: Always free

Sun. Closed
Mon. 9 AM–5 PM
Tue. 9 AM–5 PM
Wed. 9 AM–5 PM
Thu. 9 AM–5 PM
Fri. 9 AM–5 PM
Sat. Closed
290 Broadway
Manhattan, New York 10007

Check the African Burial Ground website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.


The African Burial Ground (website) is a Landmark (Memorial) in New York.
Official description from African Burial Ground:
The African Burial Ground has been called one of the most important archaeological, historical, cultural and spiritual finds of our time. Dating back to the 17th century, the burial ground was designated a national monument in 2006 by President Bush, and opened to the public in 2007. A chilling reminder of a dark period in America's history, this sacred site gives voice to the free and enslaved African men, women and children who lived and died in New York in the 17th and 18th centuries and greatly contributed to the growth of America. It is the only U.S. national monument that memorializes the struggles of Africans forcefully brought here and others of African descent who have endured the injustices of slavery, segregation and discrimination.
Wikipedia excerpt:
African Burial Ground National Monument at Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street) in Lower Manhattan (New York City) preserves a site containing the remains of more than 400 Africans buried during the 17th and 18th centuries. Historians estimate there may have been 15,000-20,000 burials there. The site's excavation and study was called the most important historic urban archeological project in the United States. The site has been designated a National Historic Landmark and National Monument. Slavery in the New York City area was introduced by the Dutch in New Netherland in the early 17th century. Africans were imported only as slaves, but some became half-free during Dutch times, before New Amsterdam was captured by the British in 1664. Perth Amboy in New Jersey was a busy duty-free center for the importation of slaves. At the time of the Revolutionary War, there were about 10,000 African Americans in New York. They worked in a wide variety of fields, including as skilled artisans and craftsmen associated with shipping, construction, and other trades, as well as domestic servants and laborers. Through much of the 18th century, the African burying ground was beyond the northern boundary of the city at Chambers Street.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the African Burial Ground homepage or our exhibitions list for N.Y.-wide exhibits.

Official African Burial Ground Links
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