An At-Risk African Burial Ground Needs Your Help!
Help Us Save the Pine Street African Burial Ground!
Goal: $200,000 by February 28th
As 2019 is the 400th Anniversary of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America, and February is Black History Month, we are calling on the community to help us protect and restore the historic Pine Street African Burial Ground, currently located within a private property in Kingston, NY.
Countless enslaved and free blacks were buried at this site on the edge of Uptown Kingston from the mid-1700s through the late 1800s.
The Pine Street African Burial Ground will remain at risk, lacking legal recognition or protection, unless the Kingston Land Trust purchases it from the bank as a short sale. We have committed $40,000, but we need to raise the rest in order to close.
Join us by contributing an additional $160,000 to cover the cost of purchase and to save the building on site.
Once secured, the Kingston Land Trust will permanently protect this sacred historic site. In partnership with Harambee, a Kingston nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about African American history, we plan to open this site to the public as an interpretive center for learning and reflection.
Harambee’s Coalition to Protect the Pine Street African Burial Ground has been raising awareness, and the Mayor of Kingston, along with the community, has expressed support for this initiative.
Just as the African Burial Ground National Monument was established in New York City, we have the opportunity locally to finally acknowledge and honor those who are buried at this site.
Together we can bring this history to light.
For more information, we encourage you to read Owned in Life, Owned in Death: The Pine Street African and African-American Burial Ground in Kingston, New York, a report on the history of the site by local archaeologist, Joseph Diamond.
View our recent press release here.
Join Harambee's Coalition to Protect the Pine Street African Burial Ground here.