M’Finda Kalunga Garden Remains Closed to the Public for the ‘Time Being’

Posted on: April 17th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Halloween 2017

The green respite of M’Finda Kalunga Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park will remain shuttered for the duration. Like everything else these days, it’s fallen victim to the COVID-19 outbreak, and social distancing mandates from the city and state.

The garden usually stays closed over the winter months, then reopens sometime in April.

“According to GreenThumb garden recommendations, the garden is closed to the public for the time being,” reads the post on Instagram.

However, members can access the M’Finda for “essential maintenance and seasonal preparation.”

The M’Finda Kalunga Garden began in 1982 as a means of cleaning up the drug-infested park. (Drugs are still there, though.)

Much of this parkland and perimeter once served as a segregated potter’s field for African Americans. In fact, its name means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in the Kikongo language, a tribute to the “second” African American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets.

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