Freed African Americans in the West Village with Jamila Brathwaite

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Wednesday February 21

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street

New York State passed law for gradual abolition of slavery in 1799; slavery itself wasn’t abolished until 1827. In that time, African American families in New York began doing things like buying land and pursuing notoriety within community. One such family owned land in the West Village and became famous through their wealth and influence. The mysteries of this family persist until today, and Jamila Braitwaithe’s scholarship will bring their family to light. This family serves as a microcosm of the struggles, laws, homes, and more about African American life in the West Village in the wake of the abolition of slavery in New York State.

Jamila Shabazz Brathwaite is a scholar and professor of the African Diaspora in New York. She is actively researching and developing exhibitions concerning people of African descent in New York.

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