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New York Times: October 20, 2016
In Georgetown, Saving a History Etched in Stone

Huffington Post: September 26, 2016
Here's Why August 28 Is Such An Important Date In Black History

Voices of NY/The Uptowner: September 26, 2016
What's Next for the Harlem African Burial Ground

New York Daily News: September 20, 2016
Activists fight to stop Chelsea building owner from adding penthouse suite to Underground Railroad landmark

UPI: September 14, 2016
Smithsonian's Museum of African American History set for grand opening

Chicago Tribune: September 14, 2016
New Smithsonian African-American museum a powerful statement

The New Yorker: August 29, 2016
Making a Home for Black History

WUNC.org: August 8, 2016
Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

New York Times: August 2, 2016
Colson Whitehead on Slavery, Success and Writing the Novel That Really Scared Him

Smithsonian Magazine: July 28, 2016
How Sojourner Truth Used Photography to Help End Slavery

Amsterdam News: July 28, 2016
A fascinating look at an America where slavery never died

New York Times: July 26, 2016
Yes, Slaves Did Help Build the White House

New York Times: July 10, 2016
Intent on a Reckoning With Georgetown's Slavery-Stained Past

DNAInfo.com: July 7, 2016
500 Graves Discovered at One of Country's First Settlements of Free Blacks

New York Times: June 6, 2016
Muhammad Ali: Never the White Man's Negro

Press Republican: May 22, 2016
Keeping the Spirit Alive

New York Times: May 18, 2016
'Roots,' Remade for a New Era

New York Times: May 12, 2016
A Fictional Apology to Dred Scott, Born of a Real Family's Painful Legacy

Associated Press: May 12, 2016
Honor at last: Former slaves reburied centuries later

Education Week: May 6, 2016
Praise for a Book That Will Change Teaching About Slavery

Wall Street Journal: May 5, 2016
African films are Celebrated at City Festival

New York Times: May 4, 2016
This is Harriet Tubman, Who Will Appear on the $20 Bill. Accept No Substitutes.

New York Times: April 27, 2016
Horace Ward, U.S. Judge Who Triumphed Over Bias, Dies at 88

Albany Times-Union: April 28, 2016
State copy of Emancipation Proclamation to get new case

Buffalo News: April 26, 2016
Tubman decision is a win for women and upstate New York

Associated Press: April 24, 2016
Harriet Tubman's upstate New York home to be National Historical Park

TWC News: April 22, 2016
Harriet Tubman has Deep New York Roots

Reuters: April 20, 2016
Harriet Tubman to be first African-American on U.S. currency

Syracuse Post-Standard: April 20, 2016
It's official: Harriet Tubman will be on the $20 bill; Auburn welcomes the news


New York Times: April 16, 2016
272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?


NY Daily News: April 3, 2016
Fifty years later, Spring Valley coach Willie Worsley recalls Texas Western's upset over all-white Kentucky in 1966 NCAA Championship


theroot.com: March 7, 2016
Ona Judge Staines: She Challenged George Washington and Won Her Freedom


ABC News: March 6, 2016
Museum Marks 175th Anniversary of Amistad Captives' Freedom


New York Magazine: February 29, 2016
The Invisible Black Man on a Prospect Park Statue


Queens Chronicle: February 25, 2016
The Underground Railroad in NYC


Aljazeera: February 21, 2016
Remembering Malcolm X, 50 years on


New York Times: February 19, 2016
A Civil Rights Warrior, Armed With Spoons and Thank-You Notes


New York Times: February 18, 2016
Remembering A Vile Civil War Act, On Fifth Avenue


The New Yorker: February 18, 2016
Telling the Story of Slavery


Associated Press: February 7, 2016
Black History Month marked at New York's Capitol


Colorlines: February 3, 2016
New Video Asks 'Can You See White Privilege?'


New York Times: February 1, 2016
New York Today: Celebrating Black History


New York Daily News: February 1, 2016
Yes Black History Month and celebrate the struggles and triumphs of America


Auburn Citizen: February 1, 2016
Auchampaugh: Who owned slaves in Owasco?


Observer-Dispatch: January 31, 2016
OUR VIEW: Make black history American history


Amsterdam News: January 29, 2016
Black History Month theme highlights African American historic places


Daily Journal: January 28, 2016
A project aimed at memorializing America's slave-trade ports is targeting Rhode Island, where some 1,000 slave-trading voyages were launched


New York Daily News: January 28, 2016
Challenger 30th anniversary: Remembering Ronald McNair


theroot.com: January 26, 2016
Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation Sells for Record Price at Sundance


The Nation: January 25, 2016
Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation Sells for Record Price at Sundance


The New York Times: January 21, 2016
Evidence of Burial Ground Is Discovered


New York Times: January 7, 2016
At the Studio Museum in Harlem, 4 Shows Engage a Cultural Conversation


theroot.com: January 7, 2016
Literary Women Pay Homage to Zora Neale Hurston on Her 125th Birthday


Huffington Post: November 30, 2015
Urgency and Optimism: Chisholm's Legacy and the Status of Black Women in American Politics Today


New York Times: November 20, 2015
Mal Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medalist and Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 91


NY Daily News: November 6, 2015
Brooklyn Tuskegee Airman who joined FDNY after WWII dies at age 95


Theroot.com: October 26, 2015
A Rare, Firsthand Account of an African Muslim Enslaved in Brazil


Time.com: October 4, 2015
Textbook Company to Update Description of Slaves as ‘Workers’ After Criticism


New York Times: August 23, 2015
Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role


New York Times: August 13, 2015
Missing Historical Marker Resurrects Debate Over Photographer’s Birthplace


Sag Harbor News: August 13, 2015
Slave Dwelling Project, A Stay in the Manor’s Attic


New York Times: August 12, 2015
Confronting Slavery at Long Island’s Oldest Estates


New York Daily News: July 30, 2015
Tuskegee Airman William White, a 'humble' hero, dies in Virginia home aged 88


Huffington Post: July 22, 2015
Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics


New York Times: July 13, 2015
CUNY Exhibition Documents Lives of Black Africans in Early Dominican Republic


New York Times: July 6, 2015
Adirondack Town Mystery: Who Stole Marker for a Civil War Photographer?


Huffington Post: July 2, 2015
Recovering New York City's Black History


Associated Press: July 1, 2015
Misty Copeland's promotion at ABT breaks barriers


New York Times: May 31, 2015
Grim History Traced in Sunken Slave Ship Found Off South Africa


Amsterdam News: May 15, 2015
Recognizing How Slaves Helped Build NYC

AtlantaBlackStar.com: May 13, 2015
8 Interesting Facts About Cathay Williams, the Only Black Woman Enlisted as a Buffalo Soldier

Associated Press: May 10, 2015
West Point names barracks for black graduate who was shunned

New York Times: May 7, 2015
Diane White Clatto, Weathercaster Who Broke a Color Barrier, Dies at 76

AtlantaBlackStar.com: May 1, 2015
With 150th Anniversary of Reconstruction, Federal Govt. Delves Into Greater Examination of That Crucial Period in American History

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In 2005, New York’s Legislature created an Amistad Commission to review state curriculum regarding the slave trade. All people should know of and remember the human carnage and dehumanizing atrocities committed during the period of the African slave trade and slavery in America and consider the vestiges of slavery in this country. It is vital to educate our citizens on these events, the legacy of slavery, the sad history of racism in this country, and on the principles of human rights and dignity in a civilized society.


New York State K-12 Social Studies

Welcome to the Amistad Commission’s Roster of Expert Volunteers

Pursuant to the New York Arts & Cultural Affairs Law, Article 57B, New York State’s Amistad Commission is charged with researching and surveying the extent to which the African slave trade, American slavery and its aftermath and legacy are included in the curricula of New York State schools. The Commission makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature regarding the implementation of education and awareness programs to educate students enrolled in the schools of the state of New York about the history of African Americans in the United State and their significant contributions to our county.

To further enrich the learning opportunities regarding the African American experience, we are asking for volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise across New York State as it relates to the African American experience.

If you or your organization is interested in being listed on the Commission’s Volunteer Roster of Experts and willing to have your information published on the Commission’s website, please complete and submit a Professional Profile at the following VOLUNTEER ROSTER OF EXPERTS FORM.

All volunteers will be subject to a screening process for inclusion in the Roster.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this webpage is intended to facilitate educational opportunities for K-12 students across New York State pursuant to New York Arts & Cultural Affairs Law, Article 57B. The Amistad Commission does not endorse the volunteers identified on the Roster of Expert Volunteers and bears no responsibility for the activities and actions of the volunteers. Additionally, the Amistad Commission does not assume any liability of the accuracy, completeness and adequacy of the information. The information presented is with the sole aim of encouraging individuals and organizations that support the work of the Amistad Commission to volunteer; the Amistad Commission does not warrant the actions taken by volunteers and cannot accept liability for any resulting injury or damage based on this information.

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to supporting the work of the Amistad Commission.



A Sacred Space in Manhattan: From about the 1690s until 1794, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6-acre burial ground in Lower Manhattan, outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, later known as New York. Lost to history due to landfill and development, the grounds were rediscovered in 1991 as a consequence of the planned construction of a Federal office building.


April 20, 2016 Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Reports of Harriet Tubman Being Represented on $20 Bill

"Harriet Tubman was an iconic New Yorker who helped change the course of this nation, and she is well deserving of this distinction. She showed bravery and resilience in the face of injustice, putting her life and liberty at risk countless times for the freedom of others. Just as her home in Auburn, Cayuga County, stands as a landmark to her incredible history, this distinction will ensure that Harriet Tubman's legacy endures for generations yet to come."

I Love NY

New Exhibit Pays Tribute to Ten African-American Activists Who Fought for Social Justice


The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.


Buffalo Soldiers: The First African American 'Park Rangers'

Celebrating Frederick Douglass

Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of the New 'Path Through History' Website in Recognition of New York State History Month

I Love NY


Paths Through History: Civil Rights


Underground Railroad StationNew York was a national center for abolitionism, where the NAACP was created and the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. Sites across the state bring this heritage to life for lovers of justice and history. The homes of nationally famous abolitionists, from John Brown to Gerrit Smith, are ready to be toured, as is the home of the Underground Railroad's most famous "conductor," Harriet Tubman. Museums explore the life of Frederick Douglas , and the National Abolition Hall of Fame remains of those who fought for equality.




Smithsonian Exibit Picture"Through the African American Lens"
National Museum of African American History and Culture







Gateway to Freedom: The History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner Excerpt: New Book Documents Courage of Harriet Tubman and Underground Railroad

Marchers on the way to Montgomery as families watch from their porches

The African-American Migration Experience- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Powerful Decade-Long Photo Project Retraces the Underground Railroad at Night by
Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales

Seneca Village

Seneca Village may possibly have been Manhattan's first stable community of African American property owners. Located from 81st to 89th Streets between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in what is now a section of Central Park, the village is important part of the history of New York City.


CUNY-TV’s “Independent Sources” recently took a look at Seneca Village in “Lost and Found New York”



Return of the Red Tails

On Saturday, May 24, 2010, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center was proud to host the Return of the Red Tails event that featured a legendary group of African Americans, the Tuskegee Airmen. Nine members of the Airmen were able to attend including Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, a Tuskegee Airman and Red Tail Squadron commander, who was the gala's keynote speaker.

A special exhibit showcasing the history of the Tuskegee Airmen was on display for the event

A special exhibit showcasing the history of the Tuskegee Airmen was on display for the event

The Tuskegee Airmen arrive at Wings of Eagles Discovery Center

The Tuskegee Airmen arrive at Wings of Eagles Discovery Center

A P-51 Mustang restored to look like one the Tuskegee Airmen would have flown (including the red tail!) did a fly-over during the event.

A P-51 Mustang restored to look like one the Tuskegee Airmen would have flown (including the red tail!) did a fly-over during the event.
For more photos, go to: http://www.wingsofeagles.com/?p=3272

For Young Readers:

A Free Woman on God's EarthA Free Woman On God's Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom
By Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes

A Free Woman On God's Earth is a juvenile biography for ages 8 and up containing over 40 illustrations. It is the story of Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, the enslaved African woman who had the courage and conviction to speak what was in her heart, suing for her freedom in a Massachusetts court of law. In gaining her own freedom, she set the stage for the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts in 1783. An engaging history that fulfils the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for third, fourth and fifth grades in the categories of Local Biography, Local History, Revolutionary War Heroes.





Pursuit of FreedomAbolitionist Brooklyn -

Pursuit of Freedom at the Brooklyn Historical Society




New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War Online Exhibit

Civil War Soldier. J. Oldershaw, photographer, 1864. Photograph print on carte-de-visite. Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Civil War Soldier. J. Oldershaw, photographer, 1864.
Photograph print on carte-de-visite. Beinecke Library, Yale University.

For Young Readers:

Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man
By Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

Stolen into Slavery Book Cover image

As featured in the motion picture film of the same name.
The original adult version of same title was written by
Solomon Northup, a free African American and native of
Saratoga, New York.

Wings of Eagles Discovery Center


Tuskegee Airmen Exibit

Featured Exibits:

Bessie Coleman (1893-1926)

The Tuskegee Airmen










The Tuskegee Airmen, one of the exhibits
honoring the African-American impact
in World War II at the Wings of Eagles
Discovery Center

Courtesy of the Albany Institute of History & Art

Sanford Robinson Gifford poster announcing a speech by Civil Rights Leader
Sanford Robinson Gifford on National Guard Duty for the Union A poster announcing a speech by Civil Rights Leader and Founder of the National Council of Negro Women Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

Courtesy of the New York State Military Museum

Brady Harper’s Ferry photo unidentified soldier's photo
Brady Harper’s Ferry Unidentified African-American from the Civil War

Courtesy of the Rensselaer County Historical Society

Liberty Street Presbyterian Church / Rev. Henry Highland Garnet
Liberty Street Presbyterian Church / Rev. Henry Highland Garnet

Rev. Henry Highland Garnet  was an important figure in the abolitionist movement.  Henry Highland Garnet was born into slavery in Maryland in 1815.  When his master dies in 1824, his family escaped from slavery and ends up in New York City in 1826.  In 1840, Garnet travels to Troy to become a teacher in a school for African-American children.  In 1842, Garnet was ordained by the Troy Presbytery and he becomes the first minister of the Liberty Street Presbyterian Church, an African-American congregation. 

After this, Rev. Garnet becomes active in the anti-slavery movement.  He was involved with the American Anti-Slavery society.  He published and distributed a small paper The Clarion, whose objective was "to aid the Negro in all aspects of his emancipation." With William G. Allen, also of Troy, he produced the periodical The National Watchman. Unfortunately, no copies of The Clarion exist.

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A.M.E. Zion Church Board & Trustees   /   Draft Riot Proclamation   /   A.M.E. Zion Church

RCHS has a letter from Mr. Charles Gidney, in the group photograph, to the Mayor describing the horrors of the draft riots that occurred in Troy.

Courtesy of the Buffalo State University

Uncrowned Queens Archives


The Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project (MHAHP) is a non-profit group created in 2006 to bring together researchers, educators, community leaders, and members of the public to:

  • Conduct and synthesize research on the history of antislavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley, with special emphasis on the Underground Railroad
  • Interpret this history and share these interpretations with a wide array of residents and visitors in our area, with particular attention to students and youth; and
  • Place this local history in the broader contexts of racial slavery in the New World, the African-American experience, and antislavery legacies today, including the impact of this historic grassroots movement on subsequent struggles for racial and social justice.

Read more at: www.mhantislaveryhistoryproject.org

Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles; it engages in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevance to modern society. Find out more at: www.UndergroundRailroadHistory.org