Slavery on Long Island

What Could Reparations Look Like?

Jul 23, 2020
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After the Civil War, millions of freed enslaved people were left without land or money to build a future. Now, 200 years after slavery was officially abolished in New York, a controversial bill sits in committee that would study reparations for descendants of slaves. Even among supporters of reparations, there’s debate over what should be done to remedy hundreds of years of injustices. 

Courtesy of Shinnecock Indian Nation / Facebook

Long Island knows little about its history of slavery, let alone that Native Americans were also part of it.

At the Shinnecock reservation in Southampton, indigenous people work hard to preserve the history and culture that has faced many trials throughout the years. 

Slavery On Long Island: The History That We Forget To Remember

Jul 8, 2020
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The arrival of the first enslaved people in Suffolk County in 1654 marks only the beginning of a long, often intentionally ignored, chapter in Long Island history.