La Marqueta Opens its doors to new exhibit on The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project

 

 

Exhibit Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem: The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project  at La Marqueta

The exhibition Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem: The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project opened at La Marqueta this month.

New Exhibition at La Marqueta on the East Harlem African Burial Ground ~ to the far left, Elma’s very cool mural

The pictorial exhibition and timeline showcases the past, present and future of the Harlem African Burial Ground, bringing a new memorial and cultural center to honor the historic Harlem African Burial Ground, along with affordable housing and jobs for the East Harlem community.

New exhibition on the East Harlem African Burial Ground

The Opening Reception, which was held at La Marqueta on May 15th, featured a panel discussion with some of the foremost thought leaders on memorials, cultural engagement, and public history in New York City.

The burial ground was located on the southeastern portion of the 2.7-acre bus depot site, which covers a full city block.  The 126th Street Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial and Mixed-Use Project is a unique initiative to preserve this essential piece of the city’s history, while simultaneously addressing needs expressed by the East Harlem community.

East Harlem African Burial Ground exhibition at La Marqueta

The MTA is currently in the process of vacating the bus depot and returning the site to the City. Acknowledging the immense historical significance of the site, in 2015 the City, through NYCEDC, began to work in partnership with elected officials and community stakeholders to develop a transformative mixed-use project at the site, centered on a new Harlem African Burial Ground memorial and cultural center to honor the significance of the site and its descendant community.

Harlem African Burial Ground exhibit at the State Office Building

The Event and current exhibition is an update from the previous exhibition held by the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force at The State Office Building, where presentation boards were on view depicting the site and history. In that exhibit, the focus was on the historical significance of the site and its history from the 1660s to present day.

Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem: The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project is sponsored by the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force, Council Member Diana Ayala, NYCEDC, and NYC Cultural Affairs.

Amuse Bouche Bistro

We can’t end this post without a mention that the Event also featured complimentary food and beverages from several of our favorite La Marqueta vendors, including Amuse Bouche, Elma’s, and Sprinkle Splash Sweet Shoppe.

Sprinkle Splash Bake Shoppe

Read more about East 125th Street and current projects in the works here.

Want to learn more about El Barrio and the people who live there? Check out the outdoor art installation Present Histories by artist Kathleen Granados located in Harlem Art Park next to the historic Courthouse.

Next local events coming up ~ The Annual Ethnic Festival on May 18th and East Harlem Nights on May 31st.

La Marqueta is also getting a face-lift. Read about it here.

While you’re there travel under the Metro to 116th Street and wander through Urban Garden Center.  Get a Map and remember to #BuyLocalEastHarlem.

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