Tag: Frederick Douglass

James Varick, the Village, and Zion AME Church

On January 10th, 1750, James Varick was born into slavery in upstate New York. Possibly a slave of the prominent Dutch Varick family, as a young boy he and his mother were freed and moved to New York City. The church he helped found, what

Elizabeth Jennings Graham — New York’s Rosa Parks, A Century Earlier

Continuing our celebration of Black History month, today we look at Elizabeth Jennings Graham, a woman who, in her simple quest to get to her church on East 6th Street sparked one of earliest challenges to institutionalized racial discrimination in

The Freedmen’s Bank in the South Village

On March 3, 1865, The Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly referred to as The Freedmen’s Bank, was created by the United States Congress to aid freedmen in their transition from slavery to freedom. During the bank’s existence, 37 branches

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