In the 1990s, the General Services Administration (GSA) was building government offices when human remains were found 25-30 feet underground. Who were these people and why were they buried here? This discovery led scientists, historians, and the public to study a long-forgotten chapter in New York’s history when enslaved Africans helped build New Amsterdam (the colony's name before it changed to New York). African Burial Ground National Monument honors these Africans’ memory and contributions. Their spirit continues to guide visitors’ understanding of enslavement in New York City’s colonial history. Visit this free national park site and find out what this story means to you.
African Burial Ground National Monument is close to the Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall, in Lower Manhattan.
The African Burial Ground National Monument visitor center address is 290 Broadway, between Duane and Reade Streets. The outside memorial is located on the corner of Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street).
At the Memorial
There are no bathrooms at the memorial. Please do not eat or drink in the memorial. Food and drink are sold close by.
At the Visitor Center
Last updated: April 1, 2021