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The Slave Dwelling Project: Looking at the City and Town of Rye

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Learn more about the places where enslaved men, women and children lived, worked, slept and died in the City and Town of Rye before and after emancipation. We'll study the original Jay Estate on the Post Road with special focus on the recent archaeological discovery of a Dutch brick building on the property by Prof. Eugene Boesch. We’ll also discuss strategies for preserving and interpreting slave quarters at the Bush Lyon Homestead in Port Chester which may be the oldest such structures in Westchester County. With special guest speaker Joseph McGill, members of The Slave Dwelling Project and panelists including noted Westchester historian Dr. Larry Spruill, Professor at Morehouse College. The Slave Dwelling Project raises national awareness of extant structures related to the stories of enslaved men and women and brings together scholars, preservationists, students and educators to preserve and interpret these significant structures and places. 

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John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
  • 400 Jay Street
  • Katonah, NY 10536