Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The First White House

The archaeological discovery of slave passages at George Washington's presidential home has created quite a stir. You can read about it here and here. There's an interesting connection between that discovery and the new interest in the Abolitionist homes on Duffield and Gold Streets in Brooklyn. Dr. Cheryl LaRoche has been instrumental in both projects. She was hired by AKRF as a Peer Reviewer in their report on Duffield released in March. Dr. LaRoche, like many of the academics hired by AKRF, came to the conclusion that the Abolitionist homes in Brooklyn should be preserved since they represent one of the best opportunities for Underground Railroad research in New York. These conclusions were published by the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and can be found by clicking here and going to Appendix C.