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 European family of means, and 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 works to restore the stories of enslaved persons to their essential place in American history.

Who They Were

Plato

Indian servt.
1675
East Hampton, British Colonial America

Daniel

Son of Peter, negro servt. of Capt. Burnet, and Chriss his wife, serct. of Josiah Miller. East Hampton, British Colonial North America

Phillis

"children of Mol, negro servt. "
1740
East Hampton, British Colonial America