Teresa Vega will discuss The Afro-Dutch Presence in NY/ NJ. Her talk will focus on her genealogical research on her ancestors who were among the “Spanish Negroes” who arrived in 1620 in New Amsterdam as well as the first enslaved people from Madagascar who arrived in the mid-1600s. Her ancestors were owned by the Blauvelts-Schmidt/Smith-Haring/Herring family for over 200 years. She will discuss her ancestors who were sold South out of NJ and sent to work in sugar and cotton plantations as a result of the illegal Van a Wickle Slave Ring, the recent discovery of her 5th great-grandfather who was a Black Patriot, and his daughter who was among the last of 18 enslaved people in Nj who was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.
Co-hosted by the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum and Plainfield Public Library