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                                                             Photo of Dinah’s Rock from the Society’s Archives.

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Dinah (Diana, Dianna) Williams was born into slavery in Orient, NY.

She obtained her freedom by the age of 25 and is listed in the 1820 census

as a land owner in the Hay Beach area on Shelter Island.

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According to local lore, “Diana used to sit on a flat rock in, which now bears her name, cleaning her fish, and blowing her bosun’s horn as she waved to passing fishermen.” (Linda Holmes, 2014)

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Dinah passed away in 1837 but her legacy lives on in the name of Dinah Rock Road.

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Shelter Island Historical Society

PO BOX 847
Shelter Island, NY 11964

www.shelterislandhistorical.org

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