RCC Honors History Project

African Burial Ground NYC

Posted by jas1wills on October 5, 2009

Here is a link I found while searching for an image of a map of the “African Burial Ground” in New York City, which is mentioned in the preface of Strange New Land by Peter Wood. Fortunately I found the image along with a report on how the site has changed from an overcrowded burial site to a Historical Landmark in downtown New York. Along the way we see it’s transformation from a publicly shared land for communal pastures to a common place used for celebrations, protests, executions, parades for victorious battles, and even as a defense post for the military at one point.

http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/reports/AFRICAN_BURIAL_GROUND_AND_THE_COMMONS_HISTORIC_DISTRICT.pdf

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