Protect burial grounds of enslaved Americans in your local community.
“The sites of where enslaved people were buried will provide visual reminders of the history of slavery in the United States, serving as a form of monument to people whose names and stories are, for the most part, lost to history.”
— Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University
Submit burial information to the NBDEA for documentation.
The National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans (NBDEA) is in its initial stage of development and is not available for public searches. However, if you have information on a burial or burial ground of an enslaved American to be included in the future national database, please make a preliminary submission at the project's website here.
Preserve or restore a burial ground in your local community.
Please view these helpful resources from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- How to Preserve Historic Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
- Tips for Researching Historic Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
- Preserving African American Historical Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeology resources.
To nominate a burial ground for the National Register of Historic Places, please visit their web page for criteria, documents, and guidance on nominating a site. - National Register of Historic Places Program
Reach out to your state historic preservation office (SPHO) if you:
- suspect a burial ground in your community may contain a burial of an enslaved person and would like verification
- are aware of a burial ground that is endangered or in need of protection
- would like to nominate a burial ground for the National History Register or for other recognition
View a complete list of State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) websites here: National Park Service.