“Dwellings of the Enslaved and Freed in the City and Town of Rye,” will be the topic of a program at the Jay Heritage Center this Sunday, June 9th, beginning at 2 pm.
Participants can learn more about the places where enslaved men, women and children lived, worked, and died in the City and Town of Rye before and after Emancipation. There will be a focus on the original Jay Estate on the Post Road in Rye, and the recent archaeological discovery of a Dutch brick building on the property by Prof. Eugene Boesch and a group of volunteers.
Joseph McGill, Jr., founder of The Slave Dwelling Project will be on hand to talk about slave dwellings and Dr. Larry Spruill, a professor at Morehouse College and lead consultant for the African American Heritage Trail, will discuss strategies for preserving and interpreting slave quarters at the Bush Lyon Homestead in Port Chester, NY. Those slave quarters are believed to be one of oldest such structures in Westchester County.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Photo of slave quarters at the Bush Lyon Homestead in Port Chester provided.