Talking About Race Matters

Race is an important conversation to DFM.
We are undergoing an extensive research initiative to discover the lives of the enslaved in Inwood and Upper Manhattan.
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One of the most important topics throughout history and today is the topic of race. We at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum feel that it is important to have and to facilitate conversations on race, even though they can be challenging. Because of this, we have put together a series of talks with experts, each looking at the topic of race from a different perspective. Our hope is that we can all come together, learn from one another, and to continue the conversation. 


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Unearthing New York City’s Forgotten Past: Seneca Village the Life and Death of an African American and Irish Immigrant Community

Mr. Herbert Seignoret

About the Talk:

Seneca Village was established in the 1820s as a free Black settlement. The Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History (IESVH) has defined its boundaries as 82nd to 89th Streets and 7th to 8th (Central Park West) Avenues, as these streets might extend into the park.

CLICK for Herbert Seignoret’s Select Bibliography and Additional Resources

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The Story of Dyckman Oval: Uptown Manhattan’s Historic Negro League Baseball Stadium

Mr. Don Rice

About the Talk:

When the legendary Dyckman Oval ballpark opened at the northern tip of Manhattan in 1917, Major League baseball was still decades away from including players of color. Black independent teams at the time were filled with fantastic players, and NYC sports fans wanted to see these teams play. But for years local stadium owners had blocked many of them from booking games here.

Click here for Don Rice’s resource list to learn more about the Dyckman Oval.

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Zora Neale Hurston and Pura Belpré: Pioneers of Black and Latinx Folk Culture in Upper Manhattan

Dr. Will Walker

About the Talk:

In January 1932, at the John Golden Theater on 58th St. between Broadway and 7th Ave., the famed writer Zora Neale Hurston mounted a daring and innovative revue called The Great Day, which featured Black folk culture in all its splendor.

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The Enslaved at Sylvester Manor: Revealing their stories through Landscape and Memory

Ms. Donnamarie Barnes

About the Talk:

Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the ancestral home of the Manhansett People, began in 1651 as a provisioning plantation worked by enslaved Africans brought from Barbados. For almost 400 years, the place has descended through the same family.

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Black Dance and Music Connections with Jazz Power Initiative

Mr. Eli Yamin and Ms. Shireen Dickson

About the Talk:

How did the uptown spirit of community collaboration translate into worldwide recognition of black American artistic excellence? Join dancer Shireen Dickson and musician Eli Yamin for this experiential and participatory blend of facts, video footage, and signature songs and dances from the swing and bebop eras…

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Generations of Slavery on the Dyckman Property in Inwood, 1661-1827

Dr. Gretchen Sullivan Sorin and Mr. Richard Tomczak 

About the Talk:

The generations of enslaved people that worked for the Dyckman family experienced ever-changing legal codes that restricted their movement, behaviors, and well-being. From the Dutch “half-freedom” of Jan Dyckman’s New Amsterdam, to the “negotiated manumission” of New York State, the family and their slaves were at the center of unfolding chapters of American history.


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The Anti-Racism Starter Pack: 5 Things to Know about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism

Dr. Sallie Han and Dr. Tracy Betsinger

About the Talk:

In this presentation, we will discuss what is known from the anthropological sciences about race and racism. Our hope is that when we are ourselves better informed, we can help educate and guide others as well as fight back and call out ignorance and misinformation.

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Driving While Black: Race, Space, and the Automobile

Dr. Gretchen Sullivan Sorin

About the Talk:

It’s hardly a secret that mobility has always been limited, if not impossible, for African Americans. Before the Civil War, masters confined their slaves to their property, while free black people found themselves regularly stopped, questioned, and even kidnapped.

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Whiteness, Slavery, and the Making of Race in the Atlantic World

Dr. Matthew Reilly

About the Talk:

By the seventeenth century, England was establishing its empire throughout the Americas. In addition to implementing processes of land dispossession, Indigenous genocide, and large-scale agricultural production, this period also marked the rise of…

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Thinking Through Race Formations in Latin America and the U.S.

Dr. Maria Chaves Daza

About the Talk:

While race impacts all communities, race is not the same all over the world. This talk will provide and introduction to how race formations differ in Latin America, including Spanish speaking Caribbean, and the U.S.


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This program is sponsored by TD Bank.

This program is made possible by funding
from the New York Community Trust.

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.