Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, Brooklyn, New York was the second largest concentration of enslaved Africans and African Americans during the period of slavery. A claim that is widely accepted.
At Brooklyn Bridge Park, an awards ceremony was held on Pebble Beach that recognized the contributions of African-Americans to New York and across the country, along with an interfaith candlelight vigil in honor of Africans and African-Americans that worked on the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront, farmlands in the New York City five boroughs, Upstate New York and on Long Island, and estates, storage centers, and those who sought freedom aboard ships arriving in Brooklyn, along with the abolitionist and Native Americans that took bold steps to help the enslaved.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division and Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy at New York Public Library, New York State Library, New York State Museum, National Museum African American History and Culture, African Atlantic Genealogical Society, Brooklyn Historical Society and others along with environmental impact statements as it correlates to development along Brooklyn waterfront have been a great resource of information.
HR 1242 Resilience Project has launched an initiative to rename the Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway. This will be a lasting tribute to a fearless woman, freedom fighter, an abolitionist who never gave up.
The Virginia Inside Passage, the corridor for freedom along the Eastern shore of Delmarva Penisula, saw countless enslaved Africans take this route to emancipate themselves from the shackles of slavery.
Harriet Tubman knew this terrain, mastered the elements, and never lost a passenger.
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