Jane Deyo Wynkoop was one of the first African Americans to purchase land in New Paltz, New York. Born to an enslaved woman in this rural Ulster County community, she had a remarkable story.
Despite being born to an enslaved woman, her diligence and determination resulted in a productive, inspiring life that included marriage and raising a family. As a result of her hard work and planning, Jane’s purchase of land was the first step toward opening the door for her sons’ acquiring the legal right to vote.
Through original archival documents, including the Town of New Paltz’ Registry of Slaves and a manuscript from the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection, Elting Memorial Library, this exhibit explores her story from birth in 1803 to death in 1876, at age 73.
The exhibit can be viewed online at the Historic Huguenot Street website.
Photo of Birth record for Jane Deyo Wynkoop courtesy Historic Huguenot Street Archives.