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Fascinating details of Mormon history in NYC, archival photographs, digitally restored film and documentary video. Sixth in our series “The Power of the Mormons in New York City”
After the War of Revolution in 1776, a battle-tested cohort of African American and White faith-based leaders developed an ardor for extending freedom.
Indian attacks drove the settlers, their slaves and freed Africans out of New Harlem. By 1658 Director-General Peter Stuyvesant and the Council of New Netherland were ready to endorse a plan by land owners to re-establish New Harlem. The council would help them to re-establish New Harlem (Niew Haarlem) by building a road and providing economic support. The New Netherland government agreed to pay one-half of the cost of a “good, pious, orthodox minister.”
The slavocrats won and the baptism of slaves ceased. For the first time, commercial values in Manhattan trumped faith and moral values.
The anti-slavery theologians often referred to slavery as “theft of humans” and a violation of the eighth of the Ten Commandments. But the slavocrats gained more elite supporters than did the theologians of freedom.
At the very beginning of Harlem’s life Africans were creating an African American identity rooted in faith and freedom.
The deepest life comes when your arms are around the poor at a moment of need. That is why organizations like The Bowery Mission is the address for the true meaning of New York City: a city of the deeper life; the more compassionate life; a city in which the least of us counts even [...]
Central Park is “a specimen of God’s handiwork” that its designer Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) said would heal “the hundreds of thousands of tired workers” of their “vital exhaustion,” “nervous irritation” and “constitutional depressions.”