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Slavery in the North: Pelham’s Hidden Hometown History

May 19, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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As you know from our most recent issue of Voices, WJC has been involved in uncovering and disseminating information about the history of slavery in our town and villages. We wanted to make you aware of this event that gives a somewhat broader treatment of the topic, still on a local level.


Slavery in the North: Pelham’s Hidden Hometown History

Few people know that the second largest slave market in our country was in New York City. Even fewer know that half of the enslaved African women, men, and children sold on New York’s auction block were not sent to the South, they were sent north. Westchester’s economy was dependent on the labor of enslaved men, women, and children. We owe it to those who lived here then, those living here now, and those who will settle here in the future to recognize this neglected history.

Using historical documents, Dr. Alice Radosh has researched the 150-year history of her hometown, Pelham NY, where enslaved people made up about 20% of the population. Using these sources, it is now possible to name and, in many cases, provide detailed descriptions of some of the people who were enslaved in Pelham.

The depth and the scars of our slavery history have implications for the present. It is time to acknowledge and honor the men, women, and children whose services were vital to the creation of our towns. Learning this history provides us with the opportunity to honor their contributions.

Alice Radosh, PhD
Project Director: Pelham’s Hidden Hometown History
After graduating Pelham Memorial High School, Dr. Radosh went on to obtain a doctorate in neuropsychology at the City University of New York. She served as Director of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Services, taught in the Psychology Department at Brooklyn College and New York University, and was a Senior Program Officer at the Academy for Educational Development in New York City.

Cost Bartow-Pell Members: Free; Not-Yet Members: $15

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