Exhibit: Freed Slave, New Paltz Landowner John Hasbrouck


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John Hasbrouck Account BookHistoric Huguenot Street has curated a new exhibit entitled John Hasbrouck, “A Most Estimable Citizen,” now on display at the DuBois Visitor Center, 81 Huguenot Street, through June 27, 2017.

John Hasbrouck was born to an enslaved woman in New Paltz in 1806 and, later, as a freeman, was able to purchase land in the town. He is commonly believed to be the first African American eligible to vote in New Paltz. The exhibit features original records; two account books in John’s own hand, listing work he did for white farmers and how he was compensated; as well as personal notes, letters, and receipts. The exhibit is accompanied by a full-length, biographical essay written by Josephine Bloodgood, Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs.

This exhibit coincides with Historic Huguenot Street’s June 17 event celebrating African culture, music, and cuisine in honor of Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, carrying news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved had been freed. Catered by Chef Brandon Walker in consultation with culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, the Museum’s Juneteenth celebration will feature a performance by cultural advocate and singer/songwriter Kim Harris, as well as a presentation by Terry James, Board Member of The Slave Dwelling Project.

The exhibit John Hasbrouck, “A Most Estimable Citizen” is free and open to the public during regular hours at the Visitor Center, 10 am to 5 pm daily, except Wednesdays.

Photo: John Hasbrouck Account Book, courtesy HHS Archives.

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