On Wednesday, May 15, Council Member Diana Ayala and the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), will celebrate the opening of “Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem”.“Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem” is a free exhibition located at the La Marqueta public market in East Harlem. The exhibition will showcase the history of the Harlem African Burial Ground and the planned creation of a permanent memorial and cultural center to honor the sacred site. The exhibition will remain open to the public at La Marqueta through the summer during normal business hours.
In addition to debuting the new exhibition, the event will include a panel discussion with several thought leaders of cultural engagement and public history who will address the role of memorials in evolving cities and the importance of working closely with the community to portray inclusive public history.
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- Diana Ayala, Council Member for District 8
- Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Singletary, Pastor of Elmendorf Reformed Church and Harlem
- African Burial Ground Task Force Co-Chair Sharon Wilkins, Manhattan Deputy Borough Historian and Harlem African Burial
- Ground Task Force member Joy Bailey-Bryant, Vice President at Lord Cultural Resources
- Tom Finkelpearl, DCLA Commissioner and Co-Chair of Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, & Markers
- Justin Garrett Moore, Public Design Commission Executive Director and member of BlackSpace
- Representatives from NYCEDC
- Community stakeholders and residents
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6:30 PM
La Marqueta Public Market, 1590 Park Avenue New York, NY 10029 (map)