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Some of Dem Bones: The New York African Burial Ground in Historical Perspective

Friday, August 9, 2013 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Kevin McGruder, assistant professor of history, is pleased to announce “Unwelcome History: The (Enslaved) African Presence in Old New York,” an Antioch College interdisciplinary residency , featuring historian and Antioch alumna Dr. Martia Goodson ‘65.

In 1990 construction workers excavating for a federal office building in Lower Manhattan uncovered bones that led to the rediscovery of the African Burial Ground, a 18th century cemetery in which enslaved Africans were buried. Four hundred of the thousands of remains buried, were exhumed and analyzed, providing a new understanding of the harsh conditions in which enslaved Africans lived in New York City.  The site is now managed by the Federal Parks Service.  In this residency, Dr. Goodson explores historical, social, journalistic, anthropological aspects of this re-discovery from colonial America.

Some of Dem Bones: The New York African Burial Ground in Historical Perspective
7:00–9:00 p.m., McGregor Hall #113, Antioch campus
This lecture will describe the excavated cemetery and the African Burial Ground Project which unearthed the history of those who built New York. The re-discovery of the site in downtown Manhattan, the protests and research projects are explored in this discussion of the largest archeological find of the 20th century. A summary of the scientific findings (biological, archeological, and anthropological reports) and the current status of the National Monument are background for the presentation. The reports are available at


McGregor Hall #113, Antioch campus