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The African Burial Ground in New York City: Memory, Spirituality, and Space (Hardback)
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The African Burial Ground in New York City: Memory, Spirituality, and Space (Hardback)

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Hardback 444 Pages / Published: 30/11/2015
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In 1991, archaeologists in lower Manhattan unearthed a stunning discovery. Buried for more than 200 years was a communal cemetery containing the remains of up to 20,000 people.

At roughly 6.6 acres, the African Burial Ground is the largest and earliest known burial space of African descendants in North America. In the years that followed its discovery, citizens and activists fought tirelessly to demand respectful treatment of eighteenth-century funerary remains and sacred ancestors. After more than a decade of political battle-on local and national levels-and scientific research at Howard University, the remains were eventually reburied on the site in 2003.

Capturing the varied perspectives and the emotional tenor of the time, Frohne narrates the story of the African Burial Ground and the controversies surrounding urban commemoration. She analyzes both its colonial and contemporary representations, drawing on colonial-era maps, prints, and land surveys to illuminate the forgotten and hidden visual histories of a mostly enslaved population buried in the African Burial Ground. Today, personal offerings and commemorative artworks, many of which incorporate traditional African and diasporic arts and religions, pay tribute to the ancestors and the sacred space. Tracing the history and identity of the area from a forgotten site to a contested and negotiated space, Frohne situates the burial ground within the context of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century race relations in New York City to reveal its enduring presence as a spiritual place. Finally, she illustrates visually, spiritually, and spatially the historic and contemporary formation of a New York City African diaspora in relation to the African Burial Ground.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815634010
Number of pages: 444
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A timely addition to the scant literature

about a well-known but understudied aspect

of African American history in early

New York City.--Graham Hodges, professor of history and Africana and Latin American studies, Colgate University


This book is of real importance. Frohne has drawn together all of
the information about the African American burial ground in one
place and analyzed it within the context of the history of enslaved
Africans in New York.--Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, director and Distinguished Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta


A timely addition to the scant literature
about a well-known but understudied aspect
of African American history in early
New York City.--Graham Hodges, professor of history and Africana and Latin American studies, Colgate University


This book is of real importance. Frohne has drawn together all of
the information about the African American burial ground in one
place and analyzed it within the context of the history of enslaved
Africans in New York.

--Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, director and Distinguished Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta

A timely addition to the scant literature
about a well-known but understudied aspect
of African American history in early
New York City.

--Graham Hodges, professor of history and Africana and Latin American studies, Colgate University

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