Could New York’s African Burial Ground National Monument become a full museum?

Any visitor familiar with Lower Manhattan’s tangle of administrative, federal, and civic buildings at the boundary of Tribeca and Chinatown has certainly passed the African Burial Ground National Monument. The 6.6-acre National Register of Historic Places-listed site is thought to hold the remains of “15,000 free and enslaved Africans” buried between the 1690s and 1790s, according to the National Park Service.

The historic mass grave was marked with a slightly sunken memorial from architect Rodney Leon in 2007 and a visitor’s center in 2010, but now Senate and House Democrats are reintroducing an attempt to build a full museum at the site.

On April 1, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

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