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.

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Who They Were


1758.BAP Eddy dau of Lucy and Yarrib_Obadiah Hudson.JPG

Daughter of Yarraubey and Lacy

Drusilla Crook

Black girl bound to Lyman Beecher's household, c. 1805

Phebe Plato