05/23/11

African Burial Ground

For the extra credit i visited the African Burial Ground located on 290 Broadway. The African Burial Ground¬†was a cemetery where over 15,000 African’s were burried by their loved ones during the 6th and 17th century.¬†Buildings were built in place of the cemetery and it was not until 1989 when the burial ground was discovered. Today the African Burial ground is a museum where the lives of northern African Slaves are displayed to the public. In the museum you are allowed to freely explore and look around at the exhibits or take a formal tour. I decided to look around by myself and discovered many contributions that were made to the American colonies by the Africans such as traditional African medical practices that helped prevent the spread of small pox.