Rodney Leon, the designer for the Ancestral Libation Chamber, talks with Artist/Activist Elombe Braith
Many people attended the Ancestral Libation Chamber's opening ceremonies that were held at the site of the 18th century Negro Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, on Duane Street near Broadway. The memorial commemorates the over 20,000 Africans who were buried in this segregated cemetery when the area was considered outside the city limits by Europeans.
The creation of this monument involved many individuals, institutions, and countries, such as Howard University, Ghanaian sculptors, the formations of planning committees, fund raisers, workers, artists, making its undertaking a composition of powerful elements. Its creation was truly an historic event, with the ancestors buried there giving new life to their children.
Here are some shots taken at the memorial showing some of the first visitors. It begins with Rodney Leon, the architect and designer for the monument, talking with Elombe Braith, artist and activist. Be patient, it may take a minute to download!