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Why go there?

Located in Lower Manhattan, New York City, the African Burial Ground National Monument contains the remains of more than 419 Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries in a portion of what was the largest colonial-era cemetery for people of African descent, some free, most enslaved. Historians estimate there may have been as many as 10,000–20,000 burials in what was called the Negroes Burial Ground in the 18th century. The 5 to 6-acre site's excavation and study was called "the most important historic urban archaeological project in the United States." The Burial Ground site is New York's earliest known African-American cemetery; studies show an estimated 15,000 African American people were buried here.

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  • Bookstore

  • Guided tours

  • African-American history

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  • History

  • Films

  • Interpretive programs and special events

  • Junior Ranger Program

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