Book Talks

Virtual Book Talk: In the Shadow of Slavery


When: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

Event Location: YouTube Live

Cost: Suggested Donation

Join us on YouTube Live for a discussion of historian Leslie Harris’ seminal book, In the Shadow of Slavery, which shines light on African American history in New York from Dutch colonization through the Civil War. The conversation will highlight the 1830s-1850s, a critical period in setting the stage for the Tenement Museum’s newest project researching African American couple Joseph and Rachel Moore in the 1860s. How were African Americans, and in particular women, organizing Black institutions and communities after emancipation? In what ways was the city a welcoming or unwelcoming space for African Americans during this time? How did New York’s Black communities fight for national abolition of slavery?  Harris will be joined in conversation by Lauren O’Brien, Lead Tenement Museum Researcher for our Reclaiming Black Spaces initiative.

While this program is free, you can donate to support future programming from the Tenement Museum here

When:  Thursday, May 20;  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET    


Purchase In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 at the Tenement Museum shop!

This program will continue to be available on our Youtube channel following the LIVE screening.

Support for this program is provided by ConEdison and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.