The struggle for freedom and justice in New York for people of African descent has been a long one. Slavery in the colony-state began in 1626 and thrived for more than 200 years. Enslaved people, the slave trade, and the sale of slave-produced goods created tremendous wealth for white-owned shipping interests, businesses, and farms. New York was home to the largest population of enslaved people in the north; yet this history – both of northern slavery and the anti-slavery movement that opposed it – has long been ignored in the version of American History most of us received in school. MHAHP is committed to collecting and sharing materials that support teaching and learning about the history of northern slavery and the anti-slavery movement. 

This compilation of databases and selected resources is especially useful for finding primary sources and records of enslaved people in New York State. Many of these resources are highly customizable and easy to navigate.

This is a compilation of useful organizations for research, community empowerment, and other useful antislavery resources.

These historical sites are valuable sources of information and education about enslaved people in New York State. They serve as physical reminders of slavery, emancipation, and the antislavery movement throughout New York. All images of these sites have been taken from the web pages linked below.