Renewed push to expand Lower Manhattan’s African Burial Ground and preserve history


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Jeffrey Nadler announced the reintroduction of the African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum and Education Center Act in Lower Manhattan on April 1.

They were joined by their colleagues, Congress Members Carolyn Maloney, Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries, Grace Meng, and Adriano Espaillat, who assembled outside the African Burial Ground National Monument, a cemetery located that is the final resting place of more than 15,000 free and enslaved Africans from the 17th and 18th centuries and the nation’s earliest and largest African American cemetery.

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