For most of the 18th century, Africans in New York City were buried in a graveyard outside the city. The graveyard was eventually forgotten and was rediscovered in 1991. This museum and memorial site commemorate the estimated 15,000 Africans that were interred on the site of the memorial. Note that the museum is located inside of a Federal building so airport-style security should be expected.
290 Broadway, 1st floor
Nearest Transit: Chambers-Brooklyn Bridge (Lines: 4,5,6,J,M,Z)
+1 212 637-201
African Burial Ground National and Nearby Attractions on Map
New York Stock Exchange(1 km)
A historic site, not least because of the Black Thursday crash of the Exchange on 24 October 1929 and the subsequent sell-off panic which started on Black Tuesday, 29 October, precipitating the worldwide Great Depression of the early 1930s.
23 Wall Street(1 km)
Located across from the Stock Exchange is this imposing office building which was constructed in 1914 and served as the headquarters of JP Morgan.
Trump Building(1 km)
A very impressive skyscraper which was completed in 1930 and surpassed the height of the nearby Woolworth Building, making it the tallest building in the world until the Chrysler Building was completed just a month later (which in turn lost that title to the Empire State Building less than a year later).
National Museum of the American Indian(1.4 km)
Housed in the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, this Smithsonian museum is the New York branch of the National Museum of the American Indian (the other branches are in Washington, D.
Brooklyn Bridge(1.2 km)
From its intersection with Park Row (just east of City Hall) you can walk (takes about 20-30 minutes each way), bike, or drive across the historic and iconic bridge to Brooklyn.
Trinity Church(1 km)
An Episcopalian (Anglican) church and parish was first established on this site in 1697 under charter by King William III.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace(3 km)
A designated National Historic Site, Roosevelt lived at this site from his birth in 1858 until the age of 14 years.
Union Square(2.6 km)
The most important site is the square itself, which was revamped in 2002 to provide more space for outdoor events and less space for napping homeless people (an earlier version of the square appeared in the film ''The Conversation'').
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