The Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force is a group of concerned citizens who have united to help the Elmendorf Reformed Church to restore and memorialize its historically and culturally significant colonial African burial ground at 1st Avenue, between 126th and 127th Streets in East Harlem, New York City.

OPERATOR WANTED!

RFEI Released for the Harlem African Burial Ground Cultural Education Center & Outdoor Memorial!

An RFEI (Request for Expressions of Interest) was released to identify potential nonprofit arts/cultural organizations interested in handling the operations, maintenance, and programming of this future Harlem gem - the HABG Cultural Education Center & Outdoor Memorial. 

RECENT NEWS & EVENTS

Recognition as a New York State & National Site of Historic Importance 

The Harlem African Burial Ground site is now on both the national and state register of historic places!

Being listed on these registers recognizes the importance of this sacred site and provides it with a measure of protection going forward. This is really a tremendous milestone! 

The official letters of historic designation from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation can be found here.  

An Honor & A Milestone

On the 27th of September 2017 the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force was honored with a Proclamation from the Council of the City of New York in recognition of its work to honor and preserve Harlem's sacred burial ground. The City Council also voted on the same day to approve the land use application for the Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial & Mixed-Use Project. 

Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award

The Society for Historical Archaeology awarded the team of AKRF/Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force/New York City Economic Development Corporation as the third place winner of the Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award.  

 

This award commemorates the life and career of Mark E. Mack - a former professor of anthropology at Howard University and former curator of Howard University’s W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory - and honors those individual researchers or research project teams who exhibit outstanding best practices in community collaboration, engagement, and outreach in their historical archaeology and heritage preservation work. The award encourages diversity in the practice of public archaeology by cultivating relationships between archaeologists and stakeholder communities.

To view the nomination materials click here.