Class Room of the Colored Orphan Asylum. Collection New-York Historical Society.

Following is a list of excellent websites for additional research.

For an understanding of the period of legal slavery in New York State, go to, the website of the first New-York Historical Society exhibition on this topic. The website can also be reached via the Society's website,

Two online exhibits, available at the Library of Congress website, provide source documents and explanatory text on a wide range of topics. Go to and select either "The African American Mosaic: African American Culture and History" or "The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship."

The New York State Department of Education website offers an extensive documents-based curriculum focused on the history of slavery in New York State. "New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance" is at