Exploring Hidden African American History

Thursday, August 18, 2022

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.

The Bird Homestead and Meeting House Conservancy and Lewis Latimer House Museum co-present: "Exploring Hidden African American History"

A series of three virtual presentations on three 19th-century Free Black communities in the New York region, these presentations accompany the excavation of archaeological sites located on the grounds of the Meeting House from July 25 to August 3. These sites of former buildings in Rye, New York were once owned by William Voris, an African American entrepreneur in the 19th century.

For the series' second event, Eugene Boesch, PhD, will speak on the 19th century African American community known as ‘The Hills’. The Hills is a significant Westchester County historic resource. Archaeology undertaken there in 1989 at the site of the former Gall house recovered historic ceramics, bottle glass, personal objects, food remains, and other domestic and sacred items. Analyses of the artifacts and other data demonstrated that the Gall household engaged in an economically vibrant, middle class, non-agricultural lifestyle for much of the 19th century which at the time of excavations were not generally thought to characterize ‘The Hills.’ The archaeological study was the first to systematically investigate the area.

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