Celebrate Black History Month at the African Burial Ground National Monument thru 2/28
Join the African Burial Ground National Monument throughout February as it celebrates Black History Month with an array of activities and special events.
The events planned are as follows:
Feb 20, 2PM: Leadership of African women through History
Feb 22, Noon: The African Person Puppet Workshop - use recycled materials to make puppets in workshop led by Vickie Fremont.
Feb 25, Noon Musical Performance: Gambian griot musician Salieu Suso plays topical African folk music on the kora.
Feb 27, 10AM-4PM: Founder's Day - celebrate the eight-year anniversary of the establishment of the African Burial Ground National Monument. Founder's Day events include:
11:30am Gallery Talk - "From these Hallowed Grounds: Artifacts and Burial Practices"
Noon - Part 4 of the film, The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery
3PM Play - Theatrical performance of The Flight which teaches the history of black people.
Feb 28,1pm Gallery Talk: African Burial Grounds
Feb 28, 2:30pm Genealogy Connection-Pathways to African American Research: Manhattan Deputy Borough Historian Sharon Wilkins will present a discussion of useful records, tips and techniques followed by an audience question-and-answer session.
The Black History Month celebration will take place at the African Burial Ground National Monument Visitor Center, located on the first floor of the Ted Weiss Federal Building at 290 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, close to Foley Square and just north of City Hall. Upon entering the building, members of the public will have to go through security screening.
African Burial Ground National Monument Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. The memorial is closed for the winter. The visitor center and memorial are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
All events are free & open to the public, however, space is limited & reservations are required for the programs and activities. To RSVP, please call (212) 637-2019.