The Black Experience in Dutch New York

A Virtual Conference with the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

The explosion of research into the lives of the Black inhabitants of the Dutch colony of New Netherland in recent years inspired this program. This special program brought together scholars who are at the cutting edge of this work. When did the first people of African descent arrive in New Netherland, how did they live once there and for years after, and what constituted slavery in the colony? NNI and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society co-hosted this program at the 2021New Netherland Institute Conference.



About the New Netherland Institute

For over three decades, NNI has helped cast light on America's Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands. NNI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. More

The New Netherland Research Center

Housed in the New York State Library, the NNRC offers students, educators, scholars and researchers a vast collection of early documents and reference works on America's Dutch era. More


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