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The receding mystery of Dutchess County’s Chief Crow


[We] map what we see, marking some features, ignoring others. History is not the past, but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view to be useful to the modern traveler. Henry Glassie, Professor of Folklore, Indiana University


ENDURING VOICES

RURAL AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES I N H U D S O N R I V E R VA L L E Y


ENDURING VOICES

RURAL AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES I N H U D S O N R I V E R VA L L E Y


Gap in distance

15 MILES


Gap in time

1850

1742-1745


Gap in 1924 audit


1938


1938

1934


?


The colored people of Rhinebeck in the old times cut something of a figure‌ A portion of the cemetery is set apart for the colored people. ~ Howard Morse, Historic old Rhinebeck, 1908


US Federal Census: Milan 1820

1930

1,846%

1980 1,668%

People% % 65%Non3White% 18#enslaved# 47#free# % Majority% African3%American%

2%African3American% Families%

People% % 12%IdenCfy% as%“Spanish”% % 0%IdenCfy% as%“Black”%

1820%

1930%

1980%

622%People%%


1821


“B” 1865 Bradford death notice: “B”= Black


“B” 1865 Bradford death notice: “B”= Black


1871

2016


“B” 1865 Bradford death notice: “B”= Black


NYC 1991

RHINEBECK 2006


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The receding mystery of Chief Crow  

Presentation by Bill Jeffway.

The receding mystery of Chief Crow  

Presentation by Bill Jeffway.

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