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Epicenter: The Black Experience Through The Eyes of City Hall
February 21, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pmFree
City Hall is not just the epicenter of New York City’s government – it is a portal through which to understand the history of New York, America, and the world. Enslaved Africans played a critical yet underappreciated role in this history. With the Epicenter tour, Black Gotham reveals some of their stories through an interactive exploration of the African Diaspora’s impact on lower Manhattan from the 1600s through the early 1800s. Participants will learn about the lives of enslaved and freed Black people under Dutch and British rule, the early days of our Republic, the rebellions of 1712 and 1741, and the hidden stories of revolutionary New York.
Tour participants will be transported to the 17th century, when New York City (then Dutch New Amsterdam) was primarily a port city developed as part of the transatlantic slave trade. Participants will learn about the lives of enslaved and freed Black people under Dutch and British rule, the rebellions of 1712 and 1741, and the hidden stories of revolutionary New York.
Black Gotham Experience is excited to collaborate with the NYC Public Design Commission on a special tour at City Hall on Wednesday, February 21. Tours will be given throughout the day, followed by an evening reception with light refreshments. Reservations are required to attend the tours and reception.
Special thanks to our sponsors MetroPlus Health Plan and The Howard Hughes Corporation for helping to make this landmark day possible.
The tours were a great success! Here are some preliminary shots from social media (more to come!) and an insightful piece from WNYC’s Jim O’Grady. Thanks again to the New York City Public Design Commission for your vision, collaboration and support, and to our sponsors for helping to celebrate the day with a special reception.
What sounds might we have heard in the Commons of the 1600-1700s that were located where City Hall is now? How might they be similar to Congo Square in New Orleans? @kamauware kicks off Epicenter: The Black Experience through the Eyes of City Hall. Thanks to the @nycpublicdesign for this opportunity to explore the public square and thanks to our over-sold out first group of tour-goers! Thanks to @howardhughescorp and @metroplushealthplan for supporting tonight’s reception! #insideblackgotham #epicentertour #cityhall #blackhistorymonth