Tag: African Free School

Underground Railroad Church Once Located in Greenwich Village Led Abolitionist Cause

The Shiloh Presbyterian Church is one of many African American churches once found in Greenwich Village, when nearly all the city’s leading African American churches were located in this neighborhood. Like most of those churches, it played a leading role …

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Henry Highland Garnet and the Village

On December 13, 1815, African-American abolitionist, minister, educator, and orator Henry Highland Garnet was born.   Born into slavery, Garnet escaped his bondage and worked hard to fight for himself and the African-American community, eventually becoming the first African-American to address …

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Black History Month 2018 – Learn and Celebrate with Us!

Black History Month gives us the opportunity to look at an important and too often overlooked or undervalued part of American, New York, and neighborhood history and highlighting.  Within our neighborhoods, there is an incredible array of African American histories, …

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African Free School, First in America for Black Students, Found a Home in Greenwich Village

The African Free School was founded on November 2, 1787 in Lower Manhattan by the New-York Manumission Society and founding fathers Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. It was the very first school for blacks in America.  Ultimately consisting of seven schools, the …

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