Slavery, Segregation & Staatsburgh: From Black Service to White Servants

Date(s) - Sun, Aug 14, 2022
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

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Staatsburgh State Historic Site


In 1810, there were nine Black people enslaved on the Staatsburgh estate. In 1910, there was no recorded Black employees working inside Staatsburgh – with only one documented Black resident in the entire hamlet. What happened?
Staatsburgh’s Historic Interpreter Zachary Veith will lead a conversation exploring the transition from a Black presence at Staatsburgh during the early 19th Century to the absence of Black people at the estate during the Gilded Age. In parallel, attendees will explore the development of a free Black community living in the surrounding hamlet. Veith will show historic photographs and documents related to this history, including a letter from Staatsburgh’s archives detailing the sale of Peter Williams into slavery.
Staatsburgh’s founder, Governor Morgan Lewis, enslaved people of African descent at Staatsburgh, yet when his great-granddaughter, Ruth Livingston Mills, lived at Staatsburgh the staff was exclusively white and European. Veith’s presentation will focus on his research into the Black people living and working in both the Staatsburgh estate and in the hamlet of Staatsburg, bringing in larger context of racial oppression and Jim Crow, to present audiences with a new perspective on Staatsburgh.
This program is free, but reservations are required.