Digging around New York City, you are bound to turn up something surprising. In 1989 while conducting site preparation for the construction of 290 Broadway, an archaeological research excavation discovered an African burial ground. It turned out to be the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans. The “Negroes Burial Ground,” a 6-acre site that contained around 15,000 intact skeletal remains of Africans who lived and worked in colonial New York, was unearthed from thirty feet below the street level. It dates from the middle 1630s to 1795.

If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can join us for a free visit to the site which is now run by the National Parks Service as the African Burial Ground National Memorial. This visit will include a film screening, self-guided tour of the indoor exhibits, and memorial talk at the outside monument. Not a member yet? Become an Insider today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!

DATE: Saturday, August 17th, 2019 11:30PM – 1:00PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 25 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 12 PM EST
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Photograph Courtesy of NPS Photos