African Burial Ground National Monument

Learn about an important part of New York City's past that was forgotten until recent archaeological discoveries in lower Manhattan. The African Burial Ground National Monument includes a visitor center with exhibits honoring the thousands of slaves who helped build the island of Manhattan in the 17th and 18th centuries. The monument memorializes an estimated 20,000 free and enslaved Africans buried on 6.6 acres; the burial ground was found when work began on a federal building in 1991. The monument includes a black granite memorial surrounded by seven raised mounds. The visitor center, in the federal building, has exhibits that explain the lives of slaves and the archaeological finds. If it's your first trip to New York City, you'll find plenty to engage your interest at this site as well as other national icons, many of which are nearby.

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RV Parks & Campgrounds Near African Burial Ground National Monument

RVing is a convenient and enjoyable way to travel to parks and sites around the country, and New York City is no exception. RVshare has a variety of vehicles to rent in whatever size and capacity you need for comfortable travel. Several scenic campsites are close enough to lower Manhattan that you can visit the city with a short bus or train ride.

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Things to Do

Things To Do Near African Burial Ground National Monument

Tour both the outdoor memorial and the indoor visitor center to learn about the lives of the slaves and how they helped build New York City. The visitor center is home to permanent exhibits and special events. Many artifacts were found during excavation at the 290 Broadway block. You can also learn about the history of the memorial itself and how civic engagement helped it come into being. Food and drinks are not allowed at the memorial site, but several restaurant options are nearby.

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How To Get To African Burial Ground National Monument

The monument is at 290 Broadway on the first floor of the Ted Weiss Federal Building in lower Manhattan. The outside memorial is at African Burial Ground Way (formerly Elk Street) and Duane Street. The National Park Service does not recommend driving; the sites are easily accessible by public transportation, including several subway lines, so keep your RV parked at your campsite. The monument's hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Fee: Entry fee $0

A visit to the African Burial Ground National Monument can be both educational and inspirational, sharing pieces of New York City's history you might not have been aware of. If you make lower Manhattan part of your RV travel plans, you'll be able to follow your day in the city with a relaxing retreat in nature wherever you've parked your recreational vehicle whether at a state park, campground or beach.