The African Burial Ground represents a unique opportunity and responsibility for all of us to tell Our Story to the world…
… and to specifically honor the memories of the ancestral
It’s a story and history of both extreme sacrifice and
contributions that Africans have made to the creation of the
States of America.
The African Burial Ground Memorial serves not only as a memorial
educate the descendant community but also to educate the world
No longer should one be able to walk past this site or through
Manhattan and not know, understand, acknowledge and respect the
important contributions ancestral Africans have made to this
district and the nation.
Our generation has been entrusted with this awesome
are honored and we embrace it in honor of the memory of those
Africans who are buried here so that their sacrifices were not in
We embrace it so that all of us today will begin a new phase
process of educating ourselves and the world about the
this site and everything it represents.
We embrace it for our children and all future generations so that
may come to know, understand, acknowledge, respect and be proud
of their history.
Rodney Leon, Designer, African Burial Ground Permanent Memorial