2006-03-31 / Community

'Slavery In New York' Exhibit Travels To Queens

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, along with the Ronald Edmonds Education Advisory Committee, announced that the New York Historical Society's "Slavery In New York" Exhibition will be showing at the Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, from April 7 to June 27.

The traveling exhibit, based on the Historical Society's acclaimed "Slavery In New York" show, features reproductions highlighting the history of slavery in the city and the story of the fight for freedom.

"Thanks to an initiative undertaken by the Ronald Edmonds Education Advisory Committee, the Queens community will be able to view this marvelous exhibition whose written and visual tapestry is rich with the hidden stories of our past," said Senator Smith. "This exhibit presents a unique opportunity for all of us to explore an integral part of our history, and to learn from our past so we can have a brighter future." According to Senator Smith, the eight panel exhibit displays images from the beginning of slavery in Dutch New Amsterdam up to the dawn of freedom in the 1820s. Imagery includes the luxury items made for those who profited from the slave trade, city views of slavery-associated sites, tales of New York's biggest slave conspiracy, and street scenes showing chimney sweeps and peddlers.

"This exhibit presents a significant cultural and learning experience for our community, especially for our school children," Senator Smith said. "It allows us to explore our history in a unique manner, and helps us to never forget those brave heroes and heroines of the past whose bold actions helped free a whole race of people. I urge my constituents to take advantage of this remarkable educational opportunity, and to visit the Queens Central Library to view the 'Slavery In New York' exhibition."

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