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

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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 →

Elder Clayhorn Martin ‘The Barefoot Prophet,’ In Harlem 1851-1937

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Elder Clayborn Martin or Clayhorn Martin, “The Barefoot Prophet.” Martin had been born a slave in Virginia in 1851.
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Harlem Fave Zora Neale Hurston’s Last Slave

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A previously unpublished work by Zora Neale Hurston, in which the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God recounts the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade,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

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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: Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, And Other Docs At Swann Galleries

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On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana, featuring powerful ephemera both painful and uplifting from oft-overlooked chapters of American history. Continue Reading →

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

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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: New Crowdsourced Database Will Locate The Burial Sites Of Forgotten US Slaves

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slave-grave-databaseThe stories are infrequent but deeply compelling: one recent news item in the AP’s The Big Story describes the bones of 14 people from the 18th or early 19th century, discovered in Albany, NY, “wrapped in shrouds, buried in pine boxes and—over centuries—forgotten. Continue Reading →

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

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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 →

Lawd: Priest Paid Harlem ‘Sex Master’ From Collection Plate

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smpriestA Catholic priest swiped collection-plate donations to pay for drug-fueled sex romps with a heavily muscled S&M “master,” a new lawsuit charges. Continue Reading →