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African Burial Ground National Monument

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Little is known about people from Africa in New York during the Colonial period. The African Burial Ground sheds some light on people who played a major role in building the city. OPEI offers three programs for groups: a slide show, a site tour, and educational portfolios.

During excavation for construction of a new Federal office building at 290 Broadway in the early 1990s, workers made an amazing discovery.  Digging 16 to 28 feet below street level, they unearthed an 18th-century cemetery for persons of color, forgotten for two centuries.

Little is known about people from Africa in New York during the Colonial period. The African Burial Ground sheds some light on people who played a major role in building the city.  OPEI offers three programs for groups.  A 30- to 45-minute slide presentation/lecture furnishes the visitor with an overview of the project, as well as a bit of Colonial New York history as it relates to African immigrants and their descendants.  A site tour takes groups to the actual excavation area where the skeletal remains were discovered. Students learn the history of the site and see artwork inside 290 Broadway, some of which relates to the African Burial Ground. Educational portfolios containing background information, maps, articles and bibliographies are sent to groups and are available to individuals wanting additional information.

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