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NEW DATE: When New York Held Slaves: Slavery in Lower Manhattan

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This is the NEW DATE for the 5/25 tour cancelled due to strong prediction of constant rain:

Time was when many New Yorkers were unaware of the city's past associations with slavery, but all that changed in 1991 with the rediscovery of the African Burial Ground, when the literally buried past was unearthed, never to be denied again. Come with us as we trace the history of the enslaved Africans, starting in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, through the British Colonial period and our Revolutionary War, up to the long-awaited day of freedom in New York State, July[masked]. Learn about the first slaves brought to New Amsterdam; the slave revolts that met punishments to rival the Salem Witch trials; the dashing Colonel Tye (who fought on the side of the British in the Revolution--and why); the Haitian slave-turned philanthropist Pierre Toussaint; and visit the African Burial Ground, now honored as the final resting place of some 20,000 enslaved Africans.

Where to meet: in front of Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street. There is usually seating on either side of Trinity Church's entrance. Go to the (uptown) side that usually has a white canopy over the chairs.

When to meet: 12:45 for a 1pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "When New York Held Slaves".

Train: Take the 4,5 to "Wall Street" and you're right in front of Trinity Church; R to "Rector Street" and you're right in back of Trinity Church.

Fee: $15 cash, exact change appreciated!

The tour will be approximately 2/2.5 hours long. While Friendly Native tours walk rain or shine 99.9% of the time, on rare occasions they will be postponed in cases of what can be deemed dangerous weather, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event. Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella.

The nearest restrooms to this location are inside Trinity Church itself. Enter the church and walk all the way to the back. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!