African Burial Ground controversy

Pinnock, Shana
June 2006
New York Amsterdam News;6/22/2006, Vol. 97 Issue 26, p16
The article reports that contention continues to loom between the Committee of Descendants of the Afrikan Ancestral Burial Ground and the Government Services Administration (GSA) concerning New York City's African cemetery. Accidentally discovered in May 1991 during construction of a federal building in lower Manhattan, the graveyard is the oldest and largest African necropolis in North America. In 1993, GSA and the committee signed an agreement permitting the federal agency to study the remains and then re-inter them by 1999. U.S. President George W. Bush later named the site as a national monument in February 2006.


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