NEW YORK - Before New York City became the bustling, concrete hub we know today, it was a vast and rural landscape, home to the Dyckman family.
The Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood is a museum that explores life in early 19th century Manhattan, and it features a new exhibition, called "Unspoken Voices: Honoring the Legacy of Black Americans."
Three local artists—Gwendolyn Black, Sheila Prevost and Rachel Sydlowski—put together the exhibition, which features their reactions to new research out of the farmhouse.
Museum Executive Director Meredith Horsford told NY1's Roma Torre that, through a special research grant, the Dutch farmhouse has learned the names of six slaves who worked for the Dyckman family and the location of a burial ground—it’s under the parking lot behind P.S. 98.
"It's great to start to unearth more detailed information about [these enslaved people], so we can really humanize them and talk about them as people who had skills, who spoke a different language," Horsford said.
The launch of "Unspoken Voices" coincides with the reopening of the museum, both a state and national landmark. And like the exhibition itself, the Dyckman Farmhouse aims to humanize enslaved people, as well as educate New Yorkers about the history in their own backyards.
To find the museum's new hours, reserve a visit or learn about other projects, head here.