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The Other Side at African Burial Ground National Monument


Exhibit at African Burial Ground National Monument
Black History Month | February 1 to 28, 2014

Visitor Center | Ted Weiss Federal Building
290 Broadway | New York City | Website

Map and Directions | (212) 637-2019 | Free Admission | Press Release

View the entire photographic collection | View photos from the exhibit
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Artist Talk and Mini Exhibit | Sunday, February 9, 2:00 pm
Attendees will be entered into a drawing.  Two winners will
be selected to receive a signed 5" x 7" print.

Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 | Website

Map and Directions | (516) 922-5032 | Free Admission

   

"The Other Side" is the first photographic series centering on the burial ground of the forgotten slaves from the William Floyd Estate in Mastic, Long Island, which is now a National Park unit of Fire Island National Seashore.  Floyd signed the Declaration of Independence and served with George Washington.

The ten photographs in this exhibit are a spiritual memorial to these slaves and seeks to dignify them as individuals.  Separated by a white wooden fence, their simple, year-less crucifixes bearing singular generic slave names are juxtaposed with the elaborate individualized tombstones of the Floyd cemetery.

The images are a reminder that slavery's complicated history was not limited to the south and was economically integral to some of the Founding Fathers.  Over time, Floyd's descendants decreased their slave holdings and employed more people of color.  By the time of the Civil War, his grandson enlisted in the Union army along with other men that he recruited.

 

 

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