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


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.


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)


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


Shelter Island Historical Society

PO BOX 847
Shelter Island, NY 11964


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