Sam Townsend: Colonial Merchant (Virtual)
Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay is famous as the home of Robert Townsend - Washington's spy - but this “Virtual Tour” brings to light a new - and much misunderstood history, focused not on the family, but on the 19 African-Americans who were enslaved by the Townsends, and the extent of slavery throughout New York and Long Island in the days before and after the Revolution. It is a history so critical to understand, and yet slavery in New York remains virtually unknown to the vast majority of New Yorkers. Learn the true stories of scores of individuals who lived in slavery on Long Island, including the first slave freed on Long Island in 1685, the first published black author in America, born in 1711, an enslaved woman who escaped with the British in 1779, and a regiment of African-Americans who fought alongside British Col. Simcoe's Queen's Rangers in 1780. Participants are invited to connect with a particular enslaved individual, examine historical documents, read runaway slave ads and notices of slaves for sale, and learn about how laws in New York to end slavery impacted the lives of these forgotten Long Islanders.
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