Celebrate Kwanzaa at the African Burial Ground

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the African Burial Ground

Kwanzaa is the annual celebration of African American culture, and this year you can mark the holiday in one of the most sacred spots in Lower Manhattan. The African Burial Ground National Monument at 290 Broadway will host in-person programming for Kwanzaa starting on December 26. The site marks the largest and earliest known African burial ground in the United States, discovered under Lower Manhattan, and tells the story about New York’s links to the slave trade. 

This year’s festivities offer a wealth of activities. On December 26 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., you can catch African drumming, drinks, performances, spoken word poetry and guest speakers in the lobby of 290 Broadway. On December 27 through 29, you can also participate in crafting activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; there will be additional drumming in the lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also on December 29, the park’s theater will host a Kinara-Side Chat from noon to 1 p.m. The celebration concludes on December 30 with more drinks, drumming, performances and a guest speaker in the lobby of 290 Broadway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See the full schedule, or call 212-238-4367 for more information. 

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