Among the first African Americans to buy land in the community, he also served in the Union Army during the Civil War, organized politically on behalf of African American citizens in town, and built a series of homes that today still define a neighborhood in the village of New Paltz.
Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has announced a new online exhibit, “Never Was a Slave,” Jacob Wynkoop, Free and Black in 19th-Century New Paltz, curated by Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs.
Wynkoop and his family’s story are illuminated by historical documents and photographic materials from the HHS Archives, the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library, Town of New Paltz Records, and the Records of the Reformed Church of New Paltz.
Historic Huguenot Street has launched a new online programming initiative that includes videos, hands-on activities, special deals from the museum shop available for delivery, and new ways to participate and explore its exhibitions, archives, and collection.
These virtual experiences will be available on the museum’s website and shared through its social-media channels using the hashtag #MuseumsFromHome.
The exhibit can be viewed on the Historic Huguenot Street website.
Photo of Jacob Wynkoop (detail from a photo of Civil War veterans at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, ca. 1908) courtesy Shirley Anson and the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection, Elting Library.