Slavery Tour | Stop 2

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Stop 2: African Burial Ground (Duane Street between Center and Broadway)

The African Burial Ground is a 5 or 6-acre cemetery that was used between the late 1600s and 1796 and originally contained between ten and twenty thousand burials. Despite the harsh treatment that these African people experienced in colonial America received, the 427 bodies recovered from the site were buried with great care and love. They were wrapped in linen shrouds and methodically positioned in cedar or pine coffins that sometimes contained beads or other treasured objects.