Join Us for a Scoping Meeting on the 27th of September

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.


Scope of Work for a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Assessment Statement


Hallowed Grounds: African American Memories

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.

Letter from NYC DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione

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

Eighth Annual African American Genealogy Conference

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.