US Department of Education Resources

…ooklyn; walking tours of Brooklyn’s abolitionists’ and URR sites; and a series of public programs scheduled for the next five years. Legacy of Slavery in Maryland preserves and promotes experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland’s African American population. From the day that Mathias de Sousa and Francisco landed in St. Mary’s County aboard the Ark and the Dove in 1634, black Marylanders have made significant contributions to…

Crisis Decade (1850 – 1860)

…reigned supreme in Brooklyn. The sugar industry, so crucial to Brooklyn’s growth, exploited land and labor from the southern slave plantations of Louisiana to the cane fields of Cuba. Atlantic Docks and Basin. ca. 1870. Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection. V1973.5.856. Brooklyn Historical Society. Teacher’s Manual Section 4: Lesson 13 Brooklyn – the “walled city.” By 1840, Manhattan’s waterfront warehouses had become overcrowded and e…

Abolitionist Brooklyn (1828 – 1849)

…nry C. Thompson and George Hogarth. In 1831, he attended the first black national convention in Philadelphia as the Long Island delegate. The black conventions were part of a grassroots movement devoted to finding practical solutions to political inequality. Ordinary men from all over the North, traveled long distances to discuss issues affecting their communities. The national conventions met a total of twelve times between 1831 and 1864. Abolit…