During the 17th and 18th centuries, more than 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 these men and women. The monument exhibits extensive information on the history, anthropology and archaeology of the site, using research conducted by Howard University.

The Memorial Wall

A map on the Southern wall (also known as the Memorial Wall) of the monument’s Ancestral Chamber shows the burial grounds’ actual size and location in relation to modern-day lower Manhattan. Photo © Eric K. Washington

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