Help restore the Pine Street African Burial Ground!
Update: We have succeeded in protecting this sacred site (but we still need your help)!
We are so pleased to be able to share the momentous news that we have succeeded in protecting the Pine Street African Burial Ground! Thanks to community support of over 250 contributions, and a $40,000 contribution from our collaborator Scenic Hudson, we were able to raise $140,000 to purchase the site. Now that the site is secured, the Kingston Land Trust and our partner organization Harambee still need your help to raise the remainder of our $200,000 goal to restore the building on site in order to convert it into an interpretive center.
Contact us to donate in-kind services that we can count towards our fundraising goal: We are seeking building contractors, technicians, tree service and labor to shore up the house on site.
Help us raise the remainder of our $200,000 goal to restore the house at the Pine Street African Burial Ground!
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As 2019 is the 400th anniversary of when the first Africans were sold into bondage in North America, we are calling on the community to help us restore the historic Pine Street African Burial Ground 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.
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. 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 May press release here.
View our March press release here.
View our February press release here.
To view media coverage of this initiative, visit our initiative page.