Help restore the Pine Street African Burial Ground!
Do you know a young person aged 14-18 who might be interested in getting paid to work on a community project?
The Kingston YMCA Farm Project is taking job applications for a new Youth Design Project Team focused on the Pine St African Burial Ground, which was just awarded funding through the City of Kingston participatory budgeting survey! This program will be working with landscape architects, historians, and the community to research and design a memorial site for a sacred space in Kingston. We’ll be working on Tuesdays from November to March, 2:30-5:30pm (with some additional special workshop and meeting dates).
Applications are due by Tuesday October 22nd!
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 total goal for 2019 towards converting the site into an interpretive center.
The Vision for the Cultural and Interpretive Center:
Together with Harambee and in collaboration with other organizations we will run community programming for all ages that will orient visitors to the history of the site and the region. We will be hosting programming on the land until the center is established. The eventual center will house a gallery, a lecture and screening area, a research station and an office for program staff.
The Vision for the Grounds:
The Burial Ground site has a rear lot that needs to be cleared of overgrowth. Then we will use Ground Penetrating Radar to determine if there are graves on this piece of land too. Once we know the location of the graves, we will begin a design process for the grounds that will include landscaping, a new fence, a sitting area for reflection, sculptures, interpretive signage and other amenities. We will be hosting a community design process this fall winter and spring to come up with a master plan for the site.
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.