HW Pick: Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, And Other Docs At Swann Galleries

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana, featuring powerful ephemera both painful and uplifting from oft-overlooked chapters of American history. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: The ‘Negro Riot of 1712’ In “Five Points” NY

negro-riot-of-1712By Miguel Hernandez

New York History Blog reports that one of the earliest documented riots in New York State that had a racial component or undertone was the so-called Negro Riot of 1712. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: New Crowdsourced Database Will Locate The Burial Sites Of Forgotten US Slaves

slave-grave-databaseThe stories are infrequent but deeply compelling: one recent news item in the AP’s The Big Story describes the bones of 14 people from the 18th or early 19th century, discovered in Albany, NY, “wrapped in shrouds, buried in pine boxes and—over centuries—forgotten. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Life Of William Grimes, The Runaway Slave (book)

williams grimes book finalLife of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave is the first fugitive slave narrative in American history. Because Grimes wrote and published his narrative on his own, without deference to white editors, publishers, or sponsors, his Life has an immediacy, candor, and no-holds-barred realism unparalleled in the famous antebellum slave narratives of the period. Continue Reading →

Lawd: Priest Paid Harlem ‘Sex Master’ From Collection Plate

smpriestA Catholic priest swiped collection-plate donations to pay for drug-fueled sex romps with a heavily muscled S&M “master,” a new lawsuit charges. Continue Reading →