Tag: Director General William Kieft

Anthony Congo, Freed Slave and Early Lower Manhattan Landowner

On March 26, 1647, Anthony (also referred to as Antony) Congo, a newly manumitted slave of the Dutch West India Company, was granted six acres of land by the Council of New Amsterdam just east of the Bowery. His was …

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North America’s First Freed Black Settlement Right in our Neighborhood

In continuing our celebration of black history month, we have a new and exciting entry to our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map: North America’s First Freed Black Settlement.  According to historian Christopher Moore, the first legally emancipated community of …

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