The following names have been identified in historical records as those buried in the Harlem African Burial Ground. Described in documents as colored, Negro or African, these enslaved and free people sacrificed their freedom of movement, dignity and humanity to provide labor that fueled and helped to sustain all aspects of New York’s increasing development and modernization.  With continued research by members of the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force and associated scholars, the life stories and personal contributions of these individuals and their families will enrich our understanding of New York City history. Historical materials being studied include sources as varied as detailed sacramental notes composed by clergy, church financial ledgers, census data, city directories and local histories.


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.