The Ancient Burying Ground is the oldest historic site in Hartford, and the only one surviving from the 1600's. From 1640, four years after the arrival of the first English settlers, until the early 1800's, it was the final resting place for all who died in Hartford, no matter their religious faith, economic status, ethnic background, or race. Approximately 6,000 men, women and children were buried here, although most never had a grave marker. Today, around 415 stones still stand, taking the visitor back in time for a glimpse into the lives of Hartford's early citizens. The inscriptions provide record of remarkable lives and untimely deaths, of extended families and respected individuals. A central obelisk lists the names of the City's Founders. The African-American Memorial was erected in 1998. Carved in the old style, it is dedicated to the memory of more than 300 free people, slaves and Black governors buried in unmarked graves. The gravestone art itself can transport the visitor to another time. Tombstone carving was the major form of stone sculpture in colonial New England, and Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground contains fine examples of stones by many well known carvers. Stone rubbings are not permitted, since they damage the gravestones. Brochures are available in the Old State House, 800 Main Street, or the Welcome Center, 45 Pratt Street, or by calling 860-228-1517. Guided tours maybe arranged in advance. For more information, visit www.theancientburyingground.org.