New York’s Burial Ground with Dr. Martia G. Goodson

Boats bringing Africans to work in the colonial settlement populated the harbor of New York. By the end of the 1700s, some 15,000 of these enslaved Africans had arrived, worked, and died in New York. Both enslaved and free Africans were buried at New York's northern edge in a place known today as the African Burial Ground. The burials would have remained virtually unacknowledged but in 1991, new building construction in Lower Manhattan unearthed the remains of these African New Yorkers.

In honor of Black History Month join historian Dr. Martia G. Goodson, author of New York's African Burial Ground, for an in-depth look at this important burial site and individual stories of those buried there. She will discuss bones, teeth and artifacts gathered from this site, located two blocks from City Hall. She will also detail the often brutal daily life of enslaved Africans in colonial New York.


Sunday, February 10, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Queens Historical Society
143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, New York 11354