“In 1865 the black population of Manhattan and Brooklyn totaled fewer than 15,000. By the turn of the 20th century, it had soared to over 60,000, more than half of whom hailed from the old Confederacy.” -From, “Slavery In New York”
Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson had a bevy of talents. He was an inventor; inventing the wrench. He was also an astute business man. He owned and operated Club Deluxe in Harlem, located at 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue. This club later became the Cotton Club. In addition to all of this, Jack Johnson was also a musician. He played the cello and the bass.
“New York, a city whose development had been so decisively shaped by slavery. In 1860, the city’s 12,472 blacks were widely dispersed among eight different wards, in enclaves that, while often separate, were not sharply demarcated in the manner of segregated ghettos of twentieth-century Northern cities.
Black New Yorkers’ choice of where to live was hardly a free one: they clustered in certain neigborhoods because few white landlords would rent to them.” -From, “Slavery In New York”
Here card game was called, “Family Treeditions.” The game aimed to help people to figure out their family tree. She received a patent for her invention in 1980.
“Profits from slave-produced cotton propelled New York’s financial rise, while political and literary ties to Southern elites expanded the city’s influence. The paradox of slavery in a free city turned out to have been essential to the making of the modern metropolis.” -From, “Slavery In New York”
“The federal census of 1850 reported 13,815 blacks in Manhattan; five years later, the New York State census recorded fewer than 12,000 African Americans in the city. The federal Fugitive Slave Law likely inspired hundreds of the city’s African American residents to leave for safety elsewhere.” -From, “Slavery In New York”
“New York City’s Black population fell by 15 percent in the five years after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act. Many went to Canada, but it was African emigration that attracted the largest attention.” -From, “Slavery In New York”