START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY – THE AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND NATIONAL MONUMENT .

It was  time  to  go to  your  next  destination  on your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New York  City ,  the African  Burial  Ground  National   Monument .

Your cousin  looks  in her guidebook  as to where the  monument  really  is located .

The book  says  that  it’s  located  on Elk Street   in Lower Manhattan ,  but  it also  says  that  Elk Street  is known  by another  name.

The African  Burial  Ground  Way.

The three  of  you  can see  Elk Street  from where you’re  standing .

As you turn  the  corner ,  there it is .

It’s a   simple  but very moving monument  to  the  remains  of  roughly  419 African  slaves  and free men  in the late 17th  and 18th Century .

As you  all  read a little  bit  of  the  history  of  Slavery  on the monument  walls ,  none of  you  were aware that  before  the Revolutionary  War ,  next to  Charleston ,  South  Carolina ,  it was  New York  City ,  of all  places ,  that had the second  largest  number of  slaves .

None of  the  free men  or slaves  could  be  buried  in church  courtyards  in New York  City .

They  had to  be  buried  outside  of  the  city limits .

These places were called  ” Negros Burial  Grounds.”

You all  look  at the  black  stone  and just  shake  your heads.

You  can’t  believe  that  this  was a part of  American  History  that you  all  couldn’t  believe  would  happen  in of all  places, New York  City .

But  it did .

As you  all  read the  words  on the  stone ,  you can’t  talk .

You’re  speechless .

“FOR  ALL OF THOSE  WHO WERE LOST

FOR ALL OF  THOSE  WHO WERE STOLEN

FOR ALL OF  THOSE  WHO  WERE LEFT  BEHIND

FOR ALL OF  THOSE  WHO WERE  NOT FORGOTTEN.”

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