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African-American History “In Washington’s Shadow” Walking Tour
July 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
New York State once had more slaves than Georgia, with the largest concentration of those slaves located in the Hudson Valley. “In Washington’s Shadow” follows the story of the Alsdorf family, starting with George Alsdorf, who was a slave until he was freed in 1827. After gaining his freedom, Alsdorf and his family opened a series of businesses in the city, and also aided runaway slaves as superintendents in the Underground Railroad.
Recent Manhattanvill graduate Tashae Smith led residents to the site of George Alsdorf’s home where he hid slaves, the music and dance school his grandsons opened, the colored school his son Dubois helped shut down by fighting for his sons’ educational rights, and the AME Zion Church, the oldest African American church in Newburgh.
Cost of the tour is $10, Children under 12 are free.