Join us for a special focus group about our upcoming exhibit telling the story of Joseph and Rachel Moore, Black New Yorkers who made their home in Lower Manhattan’s tenements in the 1860s and 1870s. Joseph Moore moves from New Jersey to Manhattan in 1857, his wife Rachel from Kingston, New York in the same decade. They live in a rear tenement in today’s SoHo neighborhood, in a building with both Irish and African American New Yorkers.
Years in the making, the Joseph and Rachel Moore exhibit will trace Joseph’s history from his free Black community of Belvidere, New Jersey, through his family’s migration to New York City, and the community he and his wife Rachel built in their neighborhoods and workplaces.
In this free pilot tour, hear about the latest research on Joseph and Rachel Moore, explore why they may have migrated to Manhattan, who their community was, and how they may have experienced this tumultuous moment in US history. Give feedback and share questions to help develop the exhibit!
Please Note: The tour will be approximately one hour, followed by a one-hour discussion with an evaluator. We ask visitors to stay for the full experience.
A Union of Hope: 1869 will officially launch Christmas week!