In honor of Black history month, we thought we would take a look at some items from the library collections spanning the first four centuries of African-American history in New York; and where better to start than the beginning (just about)!
Conveyance of Judith Stuyvesant to Frans Bastiaensz, 24 September 1674. (BY NYC Deeds, MS 1972, p.23)
Shown here is a 1674 conveyance, in Dutch, made by Judith Stuyvesant transferring property (roughly in present-day Gramercy Park) to...Read More
This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian.
Last year at this time, we commemorated George Washington’s birthday by following a wooden statue of the general and President in its convoluted journey from city monument to private hands to mythologizing. It would not be the only sculpture to share such a fate, and this week we consider yet another wandering Washington likeness.
In 1838 the self-taught Scottish stone carver James Thom fashioned a Washington statue from...Read More
If you've been preoccupied with the "fiscal cliff" saga over the last several days, you may have missed a rather significant milestone. 150 years ago yesterday, on January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in all rebellious states, enacting what has been described as, behind the Declaration of the United States, perhaps "the single most significant statement of policy issued by a governing authority in the history of the United States."
In chance to highlight...Read More
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