AfAm Burials Rhinebeck

Below: The story of Andrew Frazier, the ancestor. The only Black family with a large plot. Adjacent to and facing, but not technically within, “Colored Section E.” Below: Images and profiles.
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Guide to the Study of Local Black History

Starting Places People Places Things Words from the past Newer Perspectives Other Starting Points The Walter M. Patrice Collection focuses largely on the history of the Smith AME Zion Church in Poughkeepsie, which through Mr. Patrice’s efforts was listed on the national historic register. Although unable to part with the photo album, Mr. Patrice allowed […]
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1824: Lafayette in Dutchess County

Above: Invitation to New York City Celebration, DCHS Collections Today we find his name at every turn Or the name of his home in France, LaGrange Lafayette’s local visit 200 years ago September 16, 2024 will mark the 200th anniversary of Lafayette’s vist to Dutchess County’s Poughkeepsie and Staatsburg — and Columbia County‚Äôs Clermont and […]
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Bill of Sale Four Persons

DCHS Collections: Documents of Enslavement Two adult men, and adult woman, and a young boy are sold in 1775.
Posted in: African Heritage
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Slavery: Record of Self-Purchase

DCHS Collections: Documents of Enslavement Bartholome Noxon, Jr., records payments by his “negro boy Cezar” who literally purchases his own freedom.
Posted in: African Heritage
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Manumission Approval

DCHS Collections: Documents of Enslavement In this document we see the certification by the overseers of the poor of the Town of Washington (Stephen Thorn and Thomas Howard), permitting Isaac Smith to manumit an enslaved woman named Dinah.They certify that she is under the age of 45, and in such a condition that she will […]
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Slavery: Bill of Sale

DCHS Collections Documents of Enslavement A woman named Rachel is “sold” to Christian Tobias on February 4, 1771 Know all men by these presents that I [Mical?/Michael] Obberocker of Beekman Precinct in Dutchess County do for the consideration of the sum of 65 pounds good and lawful money of New York to one in hand […]
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Over Here Traveling Exhibition

Remembering World War One Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, DCHS published two consecutive Yearbooks on the topic, and launched a traveling exhibition that visited every city and town in the county, at least once. You are invited see the exhibition here. The exhibit launched at the FDR Library’s Wallace […]
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Expressions

The words of Frederick Douglass as spoken at College Hill on Emancipation Day, 1858, in contemporary expression. Performed under the auspices of Celebrating the African Spirit in recognition of Poughkeepsie’s 2022 Frederick Douglass Day. For best viewing click “Watch on Youtube.” Research & images provided by the Dutchess County Historical Society, Bill Jeffway, Executive Director. […]
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African American Burial Grounds: Red Hook

The map below  (drawn 2012 based on 1849 map courtesy of Historic Red Hook) shows a 1/3rd acre plot with a road to the south and a mill pond to the north. The adjacent landowners are Schultz and Elisha Fingar. I believe due to a change in the road, and an expansion of the mill […]
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