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THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN
EXPERIENCE IN NEW YORK

For centuries, African-Americans have comprised an integral part of New York’s great mosaic. The first African-Americans came here in the 17th century in bondage. By the 19th century, black men and women were free but lacked equality. By the beginning of the 21st century, New York had its first African-American governor. This history of struggle, progress, and perseverance is told through the countless stories of the individual men and women who lived here. This exhibit highlights the stories of 29 such New Yorkers, who either were born in our state or made it their home. These life stories open a window into the African-American experience and give us a source of continuing respect and inspiration.

Civil Rights Leaders
Arts and Letters
Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Sports
Political Figures
Artifacts

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