Contrary to the popular belief that slavery was practiced exclusively in the South, Northern states were also dependent on enslaved African labor in the 17th and 18th centuries. Slavery was not legally abolished in New York State until 1827. A descendant of slaves, Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project travels the country staying overnight in historic slave dwellings to bring awareness to their existence, history, and need for preservation. Historic Huguenot Street and SUNY New Paltz are proudly co-hosting his first visit to the Hudson Valley. Mr. McGill will spend the night in a cellar kitchen on Huguenot Street with a small group of SUNY New Paltz students and members of the public. At our reception, he will share his initial thoughts about this transformational experience and talk about his groundbreaking work.
We are grateful to our Event Chairs and invite you to join them in sponsoring this unique event. Your support will help preserve the slave dwellings on our site. For additional sponsorship information, please call Kay Flaminio at 845-255-1660 x 114.
If you prefer to register by phone, call Shane Stuart at 845-255-1660 x 113.