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The Other Side

January 11 to March 29, 2015

Oyster Bay Historical Society
Angela Koenig Research Center
20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
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(516) 922-5032 | Website

Opening Reception
Sunday, January 11 | 3:00 pm to 6:00

View the entire photographic collection

   

Artist Gallery Talks
Free and open to the public | Refreshments | Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a signed 5" x 7" print

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm | Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Other events to be scheduled

   

"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 series is 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.

The story unfolds with 25 photographs from the "The Other Side" collection and four historical images.

 

 

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