Names are important and hold power and memory. During Black History Month this year the Shelter Island Historical Society and Sylvester Manor Educational Farm are presenting a virtual exhibition to highlight the names of African American Shelter Islanders dating back to the early 17th century.


The presence in this community of the Enslaved and Free People of Color is as important as the townspeople whose names we know well. They lived, worked and died here and we honor them by Seeing Their Names and acknowledging them and their place in our history.


A Zoom conversation will take place on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm, discussing the research methods and how these names will be restored to become part of the community historical narrative. 


Shelter Island Historical Society

PO BOX 847
Shelter Island, NY 11964

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