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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The mission of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans is to create the first and only national registry for the burial documentation of enslaved Americans. The collective impact of this registry will identify known and unknown burial sites and bring into national focus a proper memorial for the enslaved.

The future registry will be publicly accessible and a valuable research tool for scholars, historians and institutions interested in reconstructing the history of American slavery. Most importantly, the registry will provide crucial genealogical assistance to those seeking to restore families separated by the institution of American Slavery.

Call for Public Assistance

The Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans is currently seeking submissions regarding the location of burial grounds in any state. A submitted burial ground is a gravesite that includes one or more burials of persons who died while enslaved - or was born enslaved and died after emancipation. All burial submissions are welcomed regardless of status (marked, unmarked, abandoned) or type (family cemetery, plantation cemetery, church cemetery, individual grave). To contribute information on a burial ground, cemetery or grave(s), please go to the submission section of this website. Each submission will be reviewed and receive follow up communication.

The Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans is currently housed at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in New York City.

SUBMIT A BURIAL GROUND