Slavery In Mamaroneck Township To Be Discussed At Larchmont Lecture

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John Peter Delancey, with his wife and three of his slaves. From the mural “The Marriage of James Fenimore Cooper to Susan DeLancey, 1811″ Photo Credit: Larchmont Historical Society

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when the community reflects on freedom and human rights, the Larchmont Historical Society is presenting a lecture on Sunday, Jan. 19, about the history of slavery in Mamaroneck.

Slavery was practiced in Larchmont and Mamaroneck until the 1820s. In 1790, more than 10 percent of the people residing in the two communities were slaves.

In fact, Gilbert Budd, who owned the most slaves between 1790 and 1810, served as the Town Clerk of Mamaroneck.

Learn more as Larchmont Historical Society board member Ned Benton discusses the lives of local slaves.

His presentation will focus particularly on two local slaves, John Cox and Andrew Cole,  who escaped to side with the British during the Revolutionary War and were rewarded at the end of the war with their freedom and passage to Nova Scotia.

The lecture is at 3:30 p.m in the Larchmont Village Center, 119 Larchmont Ave.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Click here for more information on slavery in Mamaroneck.

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