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Because the Dead Are Not Dead: Resources Concerning the African Burial Ground Movement

Artist's impression of the African Burial Grou...

Artist’s impression of the African Burial Ground National Monument. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Eliza is now dead. Far up the Red River, where it pours its waters sluggishly through the unhealthy low lands of Louisiana, she rests in the grave at last—the only resting place of the poor slave! How all her fears were realized—how she mourned day and night, and never would be comforted—how, as she predicted, her heart did indeed break, with the burden of maternal sorrow, will be seen as the narrative proceeds.”—Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, From a Cotton Plantation Near the Red River, In Louisiana, London: Sampson Low, Son & Co., 1853, p. 53. [You can read Solomon Northup’s narrative at several sites, including: “Documenting the American South” hosted by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/northup/menu.html]

History Is A State of Mind (HSM) has compiled resources relative to the African Burial Ground Movement in the United States. These sites include: archives, images, news articles, government documents, city initiatives, and exhibits. While all sites have been checked, download PDF files with caution. You can also add sites through the “comments” (Leave a Reply) section.

  1. Slave Cemetery Highlights New Jersey’s ‘Ugly History With Slavery,’ Ongoing Battle For Historians http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/06/slave-cemeteries-new-jersey-battle-for-historians_n_3218280.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices
  2. Slaves’ Forgotten Burial Sites, Marked Online – NYTimes.com
  3. Slave Cemetery – Huffington Post
  4. African Burial Ground National Monument – Wikipedia, the … – NYC
  5. Slave Cemetery Discovered in South – ABC News
  6. Slave Cemetery | Montpelier
  7. Bedminster asked to preserve 200-year-old slave burial ground
  8. Historians battle to save US slave burial sites
  9. Historical Group Wants Slave Cemetery Preserved
  10. Slave burial funds at risk
  11. Bedminster considers preserving slave burying ground
  12. Va. Plantation Reunion Aims to Unite Descendants – Newsplex
  13. Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans http://www.vanishinghistory.org/index.asp.
  14. “African Burial Ground”. National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service.
  15. African Burial Ground, General Services Administration.
  16. Edward Rothstein, “A Burial Ground and Its Dead Are Given Life” Museum Review | African Burial Ground Visitor Center, New York Times, 25 February 2010.
  17. Spencer P.M. Harrington, “Bones and Bureaucrats”, Archeology, March/April 1993.
  18. The Hidden History of Slavery in New York: http://www.thenation.com/article/hidden-history-slavery-new-york#axzz2War37FA0 .
  19. “Exhibit: Slavery in New York”. New York Historical Society. 7 October 2005 to 26 March 2006.
  20. Jean Howson and Gale Harris (November 9, 1992). National Register of Historic Places Registration: African Burial Ground. National Park Service.  (PDF download)
  21. National Register of Historic Places Registration: African Burial Ground—Accompanying 11 photos from 1992. National Park Service. November 8, 1992.
  22. “New York opens slave burial site”. BBC News. October 6, 2007.
  23. “National Monuments Numbered”. National Park Service.
  24. “African Burial Ground Memorial Opening Events”. Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. October 1, 2007.