Sylvester Manor Educational Farm: Black History Month Celebration / Feb 24



Hidden in Plain Sight:

Facing the Enslaved History of the East End


Sunday February 24, 2019; 2 – 4 pm

Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in partnership with Eastville Community Historical Society (ECHS) will present the 5th Annual Black History Month Celebration. This year’s program will explore the history of slavery on the East End of Long Island and the omission of that history from the founding narrative of the United States.

The program will consist of visual presentations and a panel of speakers involved in projects to bring the stories, histories and lives of the early enslaved African people who lived, worked and died on the Eastern End of Long Island to light. Their names and facts of their lives can be found in documents and archives and by asking simple questions, how many slaves lived here, what did they do, where did they go, where are they buried. We can change the way our community and its archive keepers think about the past.


Panelists include:

Dr. Georgette Grier-Key – Executive Director/Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society, Sag Harbor

Aileen Novick – Site Administrator /Project Manager; Hempsted Houses of Connecticut Landmarks, Connecticut

David Rattray – Owner/Editor of The East Hampton Star Newspaper and Director of the East Hampton Plain Sight Project, East Hampton

Donnamarie Barnes – Curator/ archivist Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Shelter Island



2:00 -3:30 p.m.     Panel discussions and presentations

3:30 -4:00 p.m. Reception

Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door and are available for purchase by visiting or by calling the Manor at (631) 749-0626.


Sylvester Manor Educational Farm: Once a Native American hunting and fishing ground, Sylvester Manor has since 1652 been home to eleven generations of its original European settler family. Over time, the place has been transformed from a slaveholding provisioning plantation to an Enlightenment-era farm, then to a pioneering food industrialist’s estate and today to an organic educational farm responsive to, and supported by, our neighbors and friends worldwide. In light of this history, we envision a farm, a community, and a world where people celebrate food, arts, and inventiveness in the everyday, with a spirit of fairness and joy. For more information, visit



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