Posted by: nancyisanders | February 14, 2011

African Burial Ground

The photo here at the top of my blog post today was taken when my family was traveling back East several years ago to visit my hometown in Everett, PA. We flew from where we live in southern CA into New York City to start our vacation. While there, we visited a historic site deep in the heart of this bustling metropolitan hub: The African Burial Ground. As you can see by the photo, it was still under construction as a monument to honor the lives of the men, women, and children who lived and died in America, many of them enslaved, during the founding years of our country.

America’s Black Founders: Did You Know?
For over a century, the African Burial Ground had been lying silent and nearly forgotten under the New York cityscape. During construction in the 1990s, however, its secrets were discovered. Archaeologists found the remains of over 400 graves. Many skeletons were still intact. Artifacts were found such as buttons bearing the anchor and rope design of the British navy. Beads and rings were found, much of the jewelry holding significant meaning representing the African culture. A memorial was built over the site and a special ceremony held. Today, visitors come from afar to show their respect for the Black Founders of America.

This past year my family and I had the exciting opportunity to return to the African Burial Site in New York City. This time, we got to walk through the beautiful monument that is now completed and visit the powerful and very moving museum. Here are some of the highlights of our visit. The first photos were taken inside the museum. The second group were taken outside when we walked through the monument.


  1. This is amazing,Nancy, how great that you got to see that. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. This is ranger Cyrus from the African Burial Ground Naational Monument! Thanks for sharing your visit with the world! Beautiful pictures, by the way! Feel free to book one of our free walking tours the next time you visit.

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