"The New-York Historical Society is fast becoming a regional museum of choice for cutting-edge exhibits and programs that provide an introduction into previously unexplored aspects of American history."
—On the Fourth Day of Christmas My True Love Took Me...
Renee S. Gordon
Philadelphia Sunday Sun, December 10, 2006
Listen — Old Times There Are Not Forgotten
The Brian Lehrer Show
December 12, 2006
Curator Richard Rabinowitz and James O. Horton, chief historian of New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War, look at New York's continuing ties to slavery and the South in the period leading up to the Civil War. Algernon Miller, artist and urban designer included in the Legacies exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, discuses the legacy of slavery in his work and his designs for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Circle.
"To feel the weight of such forces and begin to sense the complications that gave them shape in a city like New York, is to begin to feel the pulse of history itself, which is precisely what a historical society might well set as its goal and which is, here, handsomely achieved."
-- The Complex Legacy of an Enslaved Past
The New York Times, November 17, 2006
"Helping out are specially commissioned videos of the actor Danny Glover portraying Smith. Usually I am resistant to the use of multimedia in museum exhibitions. Here, however, the videos are low-key, intelligently designed, and truly aid in helping us to grasp the times."
--A Northern City's Southern Shame
The New York Sun, November 17, 2006
"The exhibit also teaches about a largely forgotten chapter of U.S. history: the forced migration of a million slaves from Maryland, Virginia and the eastern Carolinas to deep southern states such as Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi to expand booming cotton production. American Indians were forced out of those states to make room."
-- Slavery Exhibit Reminds New York of Racist Past
Reuters, November 16, 2006
"It was the war between North and South, between slavery and freedom, between New York and ... itself."
--Slavery Divided New York
Associated Press, November 16, 2006