The African Burial Ground is one of the quiet wonders of New York City, often lacking the same degree of prestige and tourist attention given to other local landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Status of Liberty.
As New York City wraps up various Black History Month 2012 programming, the Government Service Administration (who runs African Burial Ground Memorial) is just beginning to look forward to year long events at the lower Manhattan attraction and an overall increase in visits to the site by New Yorkers and tourists alike.
The African Burial Ground was first rediscovered in 1991 when workers conducting excavation for the construction of a new building found skeletal remains. Official archaeologists and anthropologist would find the remains of over 400 men, women, and children which after much investigation would determine to be those of 17th and 18th century free and enslaved Africans.
In 1992, Congress met public demands and protests for the site to be designated as a future memorial site. President George W. Bush designated the space, in 2006, as African Burial Ground National Monument.
Today, the memorial stand in the Financial District at Duane Street and Broadway with three quarters of an acre of space and a visitor center at 290 Broadway. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for federal holidays. So come down and celebrate New York City Black History!