For years the burial ground was a forgotten part of American history until it was rediscovered in 1991. The site was then designated as historical landmark and later a national monument. Today the burial ground stands in the middle of the bustling city streets and is rather subtle, in the sense that it won’t be immediately noticeable to passersby, however, the site itself is quite beautiful and a worthwhile visit to make. The monument also has an indoor memorial, which accurately depicts some aspects of slave life and how slaves managed to maintain their African culture in spite of their circumstances.
Upon entering the exhibit, the first thing that caught my eye was the lifelike wax sculptures at the center of the room depicting a group of slaves participating in a funeral ceremony with two coffins at the center. One large coffin capable of fitting an adult and a smaller coffin presumably of a young child. The significance of the inclusion of a child’s coffin is an example of how slave life was hard on everyone, including the children of slaves who were slaves...
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...n in the revolutionary war and increasing number of free Africans in New York. The increasing number of free was due to the introduction of gradual emancipation laws which slowly phased out slavery granting many enslaved Africans their freedom after a set number of years. From this a number of black leaders emerged to form their churches, businesses, schools within American society to create better lives for themselves.
The African Burial Ground to me represents an important part of American History and the memorial in Lower Manhattan does justice to the struggles of our people. In a time where some people would rather forget or whitewash this aspect of American History I believe that it is even more imperative that we continue to acknowledge the past so that we do not repeat our mistakes. By accurately depicting the atrocities of slavery in America, the burial ground
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