Category Archives: African American History

Kidnapped! Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade


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Author David Fiske is set to give lecture on Free blacks from New York State who were kidnapped and sold into slavery before the Civil War has been set for July 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, 3754 Main Street.

In “Kidnapped! Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade,” Fiske will tell the stories of several New Yorkers who were kidnap victims – some from upstate communities and others from New York City. Continue reading

Haverstraw’s African American Connections


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crossroads of rockland historyOn the June 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan welcomed Virginia Norfleet, the founder of the Haverstraw African American Connection (HAAC). This organization was instrumental in the creation of the Haverstraw African American Memorial Park and Haverstraw’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration.

Norfleet spoke about the research she has done through the HAAC to uncover the rich culture and contributions of African Americans of Haverstraw, New York, the Juneteenth Celebrations and the importance of Memorial Park. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Women’s Rights National Park Marking Juneteenth


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Wesleyan ChapelThe Women’s Rights National Historical Park is set to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th.

In the midst of The Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared all enslaved persons in most Southern States freed effective January 1, 1863 with The Emancipation Proclamation. Planters and other enslavers migrated to Texas to escape the fighting, subsequently greatly increasing the enslaved population there prior to the end of the Civil War. The enslaved people of Texas, most of whom were geographically isolated, were read the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865. The celebration that ensued has been known thereafter as Juneteenth. Continue reading

Historic District Designated in Central Harlem


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West 130-132nd Streets Historic DistrictThe New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has recently designated the Central Harlem – West 130-132nd Streets a Historic District. This mid-block historic district represents Central Harlem’s residential architecture, and the social, cultural, and political life of its African American population in the 20th century.

To illustrate the significance of this diverse historic district, LPC launched an interactive story map called Explore the Central Harlem – West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District. Continue reading

Black History in the Hudson Valley Conference Planned


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Conference on Black History in Hudson ValleyA conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley has been set for Saturday, July 14th, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, in Kingston.

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum and The Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center, the focus of this conference is the history of Black and African-American residents in the Hudson Valley, including communities and work along the canals and tributaries of the Hudson River. Continue reading