Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | noon - 5 p.m.
CM | 4.50
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You'll learn about:

  • The history of Harlem, now a vital African-American and Latino residential, cultural, and business center
  • Historic commemoration and preservation efforts as integrated parts of an economic growth strategy  

Founded in 2009, the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force is a group of concerned citizens who have united to help the Elmendorf Reformed Church restore and memorialize the colonial and early national African burial ground in East Harlem, New York. This presentation will describe the cartographic and documentary sources containing the history of this significant burial ground, the only place where people of color, including both slaves and free Africans, were laid to rest in Harlem between 1680 and 1860. In this Harlem overview, you will learn about the Lenape culture, the significant contribution made by people of color to Harlem’s growth and development, the participation of African-Americans in New York’s history, and the patterns of settlement and immigration of people from Europe, Africa, South and Central America as well as Asia throughout Harlem’s four hundred year history.

Discussions will focus on the commemoration of the African-American burial ground as an economic, cultural and spiritual growth strategy in the ongoing resurgence of Harlem.


William Long , Mount Vernon , NY (see bio)
Jean Ballard Terepka (see bio)