In Colonial North America, slavery was a part of life.

This was true on Long Island, N.Y. and across the Northeast. Enslaved people of African heritage were a presence in the farms and homes of nearly every family of means, not just on the estates of the very wealthy. Starting with the East End of Long Island in the mid-17th century, the Plain Sight Project seeks to restore the stories of the enslaved and free people of color to their essential place in American history.

Freetown Map

Who They Were

Freetown, East Hampton, NY

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The Lost Freetown Cemetery: Newspaper item from 1930 hints at slavery-era mysteryFreetown, a section of East Hampton depicted in a 1916 Suffolk…

Stephen
1785
East Hampton

"Negro Stephen" found in a shoemaker's account book in January and December.

Tom
1785
East Hampton

"Negro Tom"

(Name unknown)
1785
East Hampton

"Peter Negros" son found in East Hampton Church baptism records.