On the sacred site of the Harlem African Burial Ground, the City of New York is proposing to remove the New York City Transit East 126th Street at 2nd Avenue bus depot and replace it with a mixed use project that includes a burial ground memorial, housing and commercial uses. You are invited to speak at a public meeting about the potential impacts of such a development. For the meeting’s date, time and location click on the image below to see our flyer. Additionally, the draft environmental impact documents that will be discussed at the meeting can be found by clicking on the two links provided below the image.
Please join the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force at an “open house” on the future of the Harlem African Burial Ground, sponsored by the City of New York. The task force will provide a brief summary of its research into the history of this sacred ground. For details on the event click on the flyer below.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force members Sharon Wilkins and Thomas Lunke were special guest speakers at “Hallowed Grounds: African American Memories,” The 5th Annual Federal Inter-Agency Celebration of National African American History Month. They were honored with certificates of appreciation for their efforts to engage the broader public in discussions on how best to preserve, commemorate and memorialize the colonial-era African burial ground located in East Harlem.
The annual celebration is a creation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with ten other federal agencies. Keynote Speaker was Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Visiting Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. Mr. Sean Ghazala, Park Ranger at the African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan, was also a special guest speaker.
Jean Ballard Terepka and Sharon Wilkins, Co-Chairs of the Harlem
African Burial Ground Task Force History Committee have written a historical narrative of the burial ground and the work of the task force to protect, commemorate and educate the larger community about this unique and sacred space.
HABG History and TF Overview
Congressman Rangel commends the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force on its resolution with the MTA Bridges and Tunnels Division to allow for the reconstruction of the Triboro/RFK Bridge ramps while protecting one of two sacred burial ground sites in East Harlem.
Below is a link to the letter from New York City Department of Transportation approving language that will be included on a new Willis Avenue Bridge plaque commemorating East Harlem’s historic past and colonial African burial ground. This plaque highlights the importance of this place and its people in the development of New York City.
NYC DOT Letter Approving the Historic Plaque Language on the Willis Avenue Bridge
The LDS Church (Mormons) in partnership with the Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS-NY) will host its eighth annual African American Genealogy conference on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 1-5PM. The location is 360 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard at the northeast corner of West 128th Street, Manhattan. Conference activities include a series of presentations followed by light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.