During the 17th and 18th centuries, over 15,000 Africans, both enslaved and free, were buried in a seven acre plot in New York City. Now, the African Burial Ground National Monument stands over the burial ground to honor the men and women who lay beneath. The monument exhibits extensive information on the history, anthropology, and archaeology of the site, from research conducted by Howard University.
The Ancestral Chamber is the memorial of the African Burial Ground. It includes a Circle of Diaspora, decorated in symbols of the African Diaspora to represent African origins and the international impact of the Burial Ground.
The African Burial Ground National Monument is a truly spiritual and sacred memorial to the African experience and legacy.