Tag: Slavery

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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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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Slavery, Gentrification, and the Last Execution in Washington Square

Nearly two hundred years ago today, on July 9th, 1819, Rose Butler was executed in the Potter’s Field located in what is now Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.  Rose, a nineteen year old black female slave, was convicted of …

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