African Burial Ground Monument

Matthew Redmond

This monument represents the numerous passed away Africans in colonial New York, both slaves and non-slaves. The remains of over four-hundred Africans were discovered at a single location in New York.

I was surprised at the sheer amount of Africans buried at a single location and the lack of recognition they received.

While exploring the amount of Africans in colonial New York, I took notice of the role of Africans in building the foundation for current day New York City. The labor of Africans in New York contributed greatly to the city’s foundation, which has since become one of the most powerful cities in the world. Africans played an important role yet there has not been any form of recognition for this other than the African Burial Ground Monument.

About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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