Visit the home of Frederick Philipse III, a loyalist to Great Britain in 1776. Like many other colonial people, Philipse and his wife were holders of enslaved people. Most of the colonial couples success was due to the work of African Americans. Because of this deep and disturbing history, the Philipse Manor Hall is dedicated to 400 years of African American history in New York as a museum of art and history.
During 2021’s Black History Month of February, Governor Andrew Cuomo recognizes Philipse Manor Hall State to be the first state historic site dedicated to these past 400 years of Black history. This designation is part of the “Our Whole World” Initiative. Because of the estate’s colonial background, many African Americans were enslaved and worked on the property. Now in 2021, the Philipse Manor State Hall is being transformed into a site that highlights and expands upon African American history.
With updated exhibitions to elaborate on the African American experience in New York, the historic site aims to educate the public. Visiting the Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site is a great way to celebrate Black History Month while remaining educated on the colonial past of New York and the United States in general. Here, you can discover an extensive account of slavery, the Underground Railroad and abolition. Check out this historical site to better appreciate the revolutionary accomplishments of African Americans.
“For anyone interested in Westchester history, this is a must-see. Set among the urban center of Yonkers, this house dates back to the 1600s and the beginnings of Yonkers.”
—Kristopher S., Google
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