Special events and programs are scheduled to occur throughout the week. The park will feature a film series and live entertainment by various groups and organizations, and libation ceremonies will be conducted.

Sankofa means to return and get it. The theme for this anniversary is empower, inspire, dreams and desire, but don’t forget the ones before you and the ones yet to come.

All events are free to the public. However, reservations are required for some programs and events.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

Teaching Our Children

 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.—Running consistently throughout the day are the following activities

Screening of “Our Time at Last”

Memorial Talks

Ranger Led Tours

Historical Reenactment with Cheney McKnight of Not Your Momma’s History

11a.m.—CASPLASH Entertainment (Memorial)

10 a.m.-4 p.m.—Living historian Cheyney McKnight, “In Their Steps: A Walk in the Steps of the Enslaved”

2:15 p.m.—Spoken word performances by Verbal Artisan

3:30 p.m.—Delores Walters, “The Legacy of Margaret Garner: Lessons of Survival and Empowerment for Today”

Panel Discussion

7 p.m.-8:45 p.m.—The African Burial Ground: The Rediscovery; Recounting the Struggle for Memorialization of the African Burial Ground

Dr. Sherrill Wilson, moderator

Rodney Leon, lead designer architect for the African Burial Ground Monument

Ayo Harrington, Friends of the African Burial Ground

Peggy King Jorde former Federal Steering Committee chair

Gene Peters, historian, former ABGP volunteer and Sankoka Exhibits founder

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017                                                                                     

Sankofa: Learning From Our Past

11 a.m.—Fusha Dance Performance

Noon—Redhawk Native American Council Dance

Noon—Dr. Patricia Leonard, Interactive Lecture

1 p.m.—Eclectic Butterfly Dance Performance

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017  

Family Day, Celebrating the Rededication of the African Burial Ground National Monument

11:30 a.m.—Drumming, Gregory Anderson, Egungun Masquerade with entourage musicians

Noon—Libation Ceremony, Cyril Innis Jr.

11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.—Several stations will be set up outside on Duane Street:

Vicki Freemont: Visitors will create African masks or Wire dolls

Christina Williams: Andrika symbol face painting

Tamika Albertini: Tribal face adornments

Schomburg Center: Information related to the Schomburg Events/Programs

NPS Table: 10th anniversary giveaways, Junior Ranger program, writing competition; flyer to be distributed

Many more vendors

11:30 am-12:15 p.m.—Dance and drumming performance, Universal Dance and Drum Ensemble

Noon-1 p.m.—Uptown Dance Academy

1 p.m.- 2 p.m.—Cumbe, Dance/Drum/Storytelling Workshop

2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.—Spoken word performances by Robyn Baxter and Verbal Artisan

2:45 p.m.-3 p.m.—Ernest Johnson singing

3 p.m.-4 p.m.—Fusha Dance performance


African Burial Ground National Monument

290 Broadway, First Floor

New York, NY 10007