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New York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society (N-YHS), with its extraordinary collection of documents, art and artifacts relating to the history of the Underground Railroad and its antecedents in New York, including the Manumission Society and the Vigilance Committee of New York, is a natural facility for the housing, display and interpretation of the Underground Railroad's history. The N-YHS was one of the very few institutions collecting during the height of the Underground Railroad movement from the 1830s to 1860s and even earlier during the existence of prototypes such as the Manumission Society. Our materials are unique and broad-ranging, incomparable sources for the study of slavery, resistance, abolition and flight.The N-YHS' Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture, located on the 4th floor of our Central Park West headquarters, houses a permanent exhibition relating to slavery in New York and the Underground Railroad's history, with a virtual exhibition tour, text panels and original art and artifacts from the N-YHS' collection. Elsewhere in the Center are several hundred relevant artifacts and paintings—including portraits of Frederick Douglass, James McCune Smith and other Underground Railroad leaders—that can always be seen by the public.


For more information, please visit: http://www.slaveryinnewyork.org and http://www.newyorkdivided.org. 

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 170 Central Park West, New York, 10024

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Louise Mirrer

Location Type: Facility

People/Organizations Associated with the site: New York Manumission Society

UGRR Operatives: John Jay