New Horizons: Mapping Slavery Project in New York


You’re cordially invited to a free symposium on December 5,2016:

New Horizons: Mapping Slavery Project in New York –
Connecting Dutch, African and Native American Heritage

More insight is needed about how the interwined structures of colonialism and race were formed, and how this ‘cultural archive’ continues to influence our lives today. The connected histories between Amsterdam and New Amsterdam, and between the Netherlands and New Netherlands contain many fascinating details that can help this understanding.

Everyone is welcome! This is the next in our series of meetings and presentations on the Mapping Slavery Project. Guests will receive an new preview of our upcoming 2017 book. We will also share news about and the recent launch of the new tour throughout New York State. Both initiatives explore the connections between Dutch, African and Native American heritage.


5:30 pm – Doors Open / Refreshments
6.00 pm – 8:30 pm Moderator: Nancy Jouwe

Topics and Speakers:

  • Welcome Esme Berg, New Amsterdam History Center / Collegiate Church
  • Introduction and Update on the Mapping Slavery Project Dienke Hondius
  • The Cultural Archive and Slavery Heritage Gloria Wekker
  • Intermezzo
  • Slavery and Native-American History Christopher Moore
  • Introduction of the upcoming exhibition at the Senate House in Kingston, NY Travis Bowman
  • African-American membership in the Dutch Reformed Church Andrea Mosterman
  • Q and A and discussion with all speakers facilitated by Jennifer Tosch

See full announcement for information about each speaker and the Mapping Slavery Project/Team

FREE event, but registration is required


West End Collegiate Church
245 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
United States

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One Response
  • Will Foehrenbach
    Dec 6, 2016

    Re the sample of “Mapping Dutch New York,” given out on Dec.5 at the Church,
    entry 4: Manuel de Reus hanged and saved:
    The entry seems to get the story wrong in one paragraph, then right in the next one. According to the records, Manuel was not hanged twice. (“. . . . .the rope broke twice. . . .”).
    This is an error from a short bio of Manuel included in materials from the New York Historical Society’s exhibit on Slavery in New York a number of years ago. (There were two other factual errors in the piece.) As Chris Moore writes and is quoted in the next paragraph, two ropes were used because he was such a big man, and both broke under his weight, after which he was allowed to live. But, he was only hanged once, I had a great time teaching this story. My class had to compare the Museum’s story with the original Dutch records and spot the errors. The class loved it and it provided an excellent experience with the importance of primary source materials…What we can learn from the records about the lives of ‘the eleven’ (the first slaves brought to N.A. is fascinating.

    The sample also refers to something I did not know and am curious about. It states that among the first blacks to be granted land by the DWIC were two “black militia members.” At the beginning of Kiefts’ war against the natives, he had long knives fashioned and set a group out to what is now the Kips Bay area of Manhattan to slaughter a Native village in the night. They did so, and brought the people’s heads back to the fort on stakes, Was the ‘half-freedom’ given to the original eleven slaves partially in recognition of their participation in the slaughter of neighboring natives?

    Will Foehrenbach Dec 6, 2016

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