The African Burial Ground in New York City: Memory, Spirituality, and Space


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Syracuse University Press
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6.18 X 9.05 X 1.08 inches | 1.62 pounds

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About the Author

Andrea E. Frohne is associate professor of African art history at Ohio University with a joint appointment in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and the School of Art and Design.


This book is of real importance. Frohne has drawn together all of the information about the African American burial ground in one place and analyzed it within the context of the history of enslaved Africans in New York.-- "Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, director and Distinguished Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta"
A timely addition to the scant literature about a well-known but understudied aspect of African American history in early New York City.-- "Graham Hodges, professor of history and Africana and Latin American studies, Colgate University"
Author Andrea Frohne, an art historian at Ohio University, tells the story in this absorbing volume that recounts the tale of discovery, public controversies, and archaeological research and analysis. The book is an important case study in public archaeology and how the nation's historic preservation laws can be utilized for the public's benefit, even if the process is a torturous one.-- "American Archaeology"
The strength of Frohne's work lies in her analysis of maps and other primary sources combined with contemporary works to reconstruct the struggle of Africans and African Americans as they lived, died, and were buried in New York City during the colonial period, and the struggle to preserve that history and their remains in the twentieth and twenty-first century. The book is instructive in regards to geography as well as the theme of sacred space. I highly recommend this book.-- "Historical Geography"
This book's creative and interdisciplinary approach to memory studies reaches beyond the site to inform examinations of erasure and memorialization of diasporic communities more generally as well as the understanding of pan-African spirituality in the past, present, and future.-- "Social & Cultural Geography"
Frohne renders the various material and figurative layers of this complex history, as well as what she describes as its irreducible spiritual dimension, in fulsomely illustrated, meticulously documented detail.-- "Eden Osucha, A Publication of the College Art Association"