Archive for Sunday, February 28, 2010

Visitor center opens at African Burial Ground

February 28, 2010


About 15,000 African slaves and their descendants were once unceremoniously buried under what is today Manhattan — and forgotten.

On Saturday, a new visitor center opened near the rediscovered cemetery from the 17th and 18th centuries to celebrate the ethnic Africans who had toiled, many unpaid, to help make New York the nation’s commercial capital.

“It’s shocking — the number of people today who are still unaware that this history exists in New York,” said Tara Morrison, superintendent of the African Burial Ground National Memorial.

It’s located a short walk from Wall Street, where African slaves once were traded.


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