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New York's African Burial Ground
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.
Paperback, 1st, 33 pages
Published 2012 by Eastern National
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I was excited to discover text that succinctly tells the story of the African Burial Ground for both those who may think they already know the story of the site (I was architect for the visitor's center portion) as well as newcomers. Essentially the book tells two tales: the story of the 'discovery' of the bones in 1991 and what happens afterwards and the story of how the bones of enslaved Africans and freemen came to be there in the first place. The book tells the story of slavery in early New ...more
For a little book, it is packed full of important history and unknown information about slavery in New York City. It is very powerful. If you are a New Yorker - if you visit New York often - or have any connection, interest or love for the City of New York, this book is a must read. It is the history that is left out of school textbooks. Based on research and undeniable facts, Ms. Goodson eloquently paints a picture of what day to day life was like for these New York slaves and their slave owner ...more
I bought this in the gift shop at the African Burial Ground in Manhattan. I was hoping for a book that explained in some depth the archaeological study done on the 410 bodies recovered from the forgotten burial ground. Instead, the author talks in circles about the reburial -- which while extremely important and interesting -- should have come at the end of the book instead of in the middle. The lack of coherent historical narrative is the most frustrating part of this booklet. You would think i ...more