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African Burial Ground Complex, New York City

The African Burial Ground Complex houses one of the most significant U.S. archaeological finds of the late 20th century. Known in colonial times as “The Negroes Burying Ground,” the site unveils a painful history of forced immigration and labor, a harsh existence, and the early deaths of African New Yorkers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, after accidental discovery, years of controversy, and painstaking research, the complex is a U.S. National Parks Service monument, a living tribute to the perseverance of African and African American identity and humanity, and a vital center of enlightenment and spiritual communication for all peoples.

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How It Came About

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