As Above So Below is a collaborative project that reveals connections between sacred and historic spaces of the African Diaspora in the Lower Manhattan section of New York City. 

The project will have special emphasis on the African Burial Ground Commons and Historic District featuring the African Burial Ground Memorial, Black Lives Matter Plaza and the Triumph of the Human Spirit Monument.

Through a series of walking tours, an exhibition, catalog, and documentary film, As Above So Below will create an interactive multidisciplinary set of experiences to engage, inspire and educate the public about the impact of the African Diaspora on the establishment and development of New York City.

The project was initiated by Kamau Ware, Founder of Black Gotham Experience (BGX) with Architect and Designer Rodney Leon. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is the fiscal sponsor and commissioner of the project. Partners include the African Burial Ground and New York Public Design Commission.

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Black Gotham Experience: As Above So Below

by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


As Above So Below is a collaborative project that reveals connections between sacred and historic spaces of the African Diaspora in the Lower Manhattan section of New York City. 

The project will have special emphasis on the African Burial Ground Commons and Historic District featuring the African Burial Ground Memorial, Black Lives Matter Plaza and the Triumph of the Human Spirit Monument.

Through a series of walking tours, an exhibition, catalog, and documentary film, As Above So Below will create an interactive multidisciplinary set of experiences to engage, inspire and educate the public about the impact of the African Diaspora on the establishment and development of New York City.

The project was initiated by Kamau Ware, Founder of Black Gotham Experience (BGX) with Architect and Designer Rodney Leon. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is the fiscal sponsor and commissioner of the project. Partners include the African Burial Ground and New York Public Design Commission.