Only Known Surviving Muslim American Slave Autobiography Goes Online At The Library Of Congress

The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known surviving slave narrative written in Arabic in the United States. Continue Reading →

Harlem Fave Zora Neale Hurston’s Last Slave

A previously unpublished work by Zora Neale Hurston, in which the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God recounts the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, is set to be released next year, more than half a century after her death in 1960. Continue Reading →

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks At The UN In Remembrance Of The Slave Trade

Harlem has a long history of dealing with the issue of slavery, from Columbia University grappling with it’s ties to slavery to the African Burial ground of slaves in East Harlem. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: The ‘Negro Riot of 1712’ In “Five Points” NY

negro-riot-of-1712By Miguel Hernandez

New York History Blog reports that one of the earliest documented riots in New York State that had a racial component or undertone was the so-called Negro Riot of 1712. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Life Of William Grimes, The Runaway Slave (book)

williams grimes book finalLife of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave is the first fugitive slave narrative in American history. Because Grimes wrote and published his narrative on his own, without deference to white editors, publishers, or sponsors, his Life has an immediacy, candor, and no-holds-barred realism unparalleled in the famous antebellum slave narratives of the period. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Freed Slave Writes Letter To Former Master

Jordan_Anderson_ImageLike in other parts of the United States, Harlem had slaves. No matter how long we live, the dehumanizing insanity of racism will never fail to astonish and amaze. Continue Reading →