Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street

E. 126th Street Bus Depot

By Kearra Amaya Gopee

 

Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street AR project features East Harlem’s African Burial Ground, located at the East 126th Street Bus Depot. Though not as large or as well known as the one in Lower Manhattan, this Burial Ground is a site where peoples of African descent from all over Manhattan were buried during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In timens when the deaths of black people have become a spectacle in the digital era, Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street utilizes augmented reality to provide the viewers with a more private and intimate space to mourn. Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street AR project is inspired by “Nine Nights,” the Caribbean mourning tradition where people gather at the home of the deceased for nine nights before the burial.

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