Every time I visit an area while on holiday, I love to discover or further “investigate” sites that have significance in Black culture. These sites range from cultural centers, museums and theatres to galleries, restaurants and parks. While matriculating Columbia University in the City of New York for my graduate degree in African-American Studies, I loved my good fortune of living in the Harlem community, because there is such a saturation and celebration of Black culture. Obviously, there is a great deal of Black culture to experience in New York City and I feel that one of the many sites that any person interested in this culture should visit is the African Burial Ground Monument, a National Historic Landmark (1993) and National Monument (2006). This monument is designed to connect African-Americans with their African ancestors.
The discovery of this burial ground is of critical importance, historically, sociologically and genetically. It gives insight to the Africans who were integral to the creation of New York City, as both a colonial possession during European imperialism and a member of the United States. To highlight the significance of this find, it should be noted that at the start of the American Revolution, New York City was the second largest slave-holding city in America, second only to Charleston, South Carolina.