Slaves of New York

March 18, 2008 | Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY Lecture Series

As unimaginable as it may seem today, New York City was considered the capital of American slavery for more than two centuries, according to Kathleen Hulser, the public historian of the New-York Historical Society. Speaking at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Ms. Hulser discusses freed slaves such as Venerable Pierre Toussaint, a candidate for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church, and others who were able to amass small fortunes to feed and shelter slaves as they worked toward their common goal of emancipation. Listen Now >>