1827: Abolition of Slavery in New York State


Victoria Basulto will continue the history of slavery in New York in this program. With the bicentennial of New York State’s abolition of slavery approaching in 2027, New Yorkers need to examine the state’s role in slavery even after the March 31, 1817 action by the legislature setting July 4, 1827 as the end of slavery in the state. The new regulations following the 1799 gradual abolition law, were complex according to birth years, sex, and extension of service years. The enslaved were not all emancipated.



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