Learning about history of slavery in NY

Learning about history of slavery in NY
Frederick Jones and Donald Hyman dress up as 18th century slaves for demonstration about the history of slavery in New York State. (Source: WWNY)

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. (WWNY) - Two historical re-enactors were in Sackets Harbor Saturday explaining what slavery was like in New York during the 18th century.

Donald Hyman and Frederick Jones came to the Sackets Harbor battlefield portraying two slaves from 1784.

After they performed a mini-drama, other speakers took the stand on topics like blacks in the military and how slaves were treated based on their trade.

“It’s being able to appreciate history, recognize history, and see how it kinda translates into society today,” Jones said.

Speakers said experiencing these performances firsthand dispels myths and starts a positive dialogue.

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