• Fri

    3:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Portrait of Caesar Foster

    This small portrait, painted in 1842 by John Abeel Weeks, (1820 – 1901) is the only known painting of an Oyster Bay resident who was an enslaved person.

    Standing Where They Stood: Learning about Slavery in Oyster Bay

    Standing Where They Stood: Learning About Slavery in Oyster Bay, is a 90-minute program that brings to light the history of African-Americans who were enslaved in Oyster Bay and on Long Island. This interactive presentation reveals true stories of individuals who lived in slavery, including the first slave freed on Long Island, the first published black author in America, an enslaved woman who escaped with the British, and a regiment of African-Americans who fought alongside Col. Simcoe’s Queen’s Rangers. Participants examine historical documents, runaway slave ads, notices of slaves for sale, and learn about how laws in New York to end slavery impacted the lives of these forgotten Long Islanders.

    This program is open to the public on the following dates:
    February 28 at 3pm, March 20 at 3pm, and April 17 at 3pm
    $8 per person, please preregister through Eventbrite.