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Uploaded on Jun 23, 2009
African Burial Ground National Monument, New York, NY, is located among giant government buildings housing federal and state courts, FBI, Homeland Security, GSA and a host of other agencies. Across the street the FBI holds suspected terrorists in the basement of the Jacob Javits Federal Building.
The burial grounds were discovered during demolition for other authoritarian structures, a battle was waged to preserve the site and was won. The empty site was fenced for several years while archeological investigations were conducted. A design competition was held for the park structure and its construction was completed in 2008.