Explore slavery in British Colonial New York with this informative poster/history lesson.
New York in 1741 was a landscape of conspiracy. Black New Yorkers mapped their own alternative cityscape - a secret from slaveholders and city leaders. If they could not escape slavery, they tried to escape surveillance. There was momentary freedom in busy markets and deserted fields, in noisy taverns and quiet alleys.
Whites avoided the African Burial Ground, at the edge of town, so it became a perfect sanctuary for slaves. Backyard wells were communication hubs. In 1741, as local judges discovered, blacks enjoyed extraordinary opportunities to mingle, challenge, reassure and conspire with one another.
Dimensions: 26" x 26"