The Staatsburgh State Historic Site will hosts a virtual talk, “Slavery, Segragation & Staatsburgh,” on slavery in the Hudson Valley, and the birth of a free Black community, set for Thursday, May 11th, and Wednesday, May 31st.
Staatsburgh’s founder, Governor Morgan Lewis, enslaved people of African descent at Staatsburgh. Yet, when his great-granddaughter, Ruth Livingston Mills, lived at Staatsburgh at the turn of the 20th century, the staff was exclusively White and of European descent. At the same time, a free Black community was able to grow and thrive in the surrounding hamlet.
During the program, site staff will have a conversation exploring the transition from a Black presence at Staatsburgh during the early 19th century to the apparent absence of Black people at the estate during the Gilded Age.
This one-hour program will include historic photographs and documents related to this history, notably a letter from Staatsburgh’s archives written by John Jay discussing his 1790 purchase of an enslaved man named Peter Williams, from Morgan Lewis.
The presentation will focus on recent research into the Black people living and working at the Staatsburgh estate and in the neighboring hamlet of Staatsburg, in Hyde Park, a town in Dutchess County, NY, bringing in the larger context of racial oppression and Jim Crow, to present audiences with a new perspective on Staatsburgh.
This program will begin at 7 pm and will be held via Zoom. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, click here.