12. African Burial Ground

African Burial Ground National Monument

In 1991, during the construction of a new federal office building, at 290 Broadway, workers uncovered human remains. The General Services Administration was faulted for not liaising with the local community and continuing construction. Eventually, as a result of the direct intervention of Congress, the GSA revised their plans. In 2006, President George W. Bush designated the site the 123rd National Monument. The African Burial Ground National Monument was created to preserve the memory of the 6.6 acre burial ground located on that site from about the 1690s until 1794. At that time, the site was located outside the boundaries of the City.

This piece was inspired by our previous round-up of non-human graveyards in the New York City area.