SLAVERY

Slavery in Mamaroneck Township is a project that aims to document what is known about local slavery, enslaved people and enslavers from the early 1600s, when slavery was introduced to the area, to 1827, when the evil practice was finally abolished. As additional information is uncovered, our records will be updated and new material will be posted here.

Original research stems from articles by Ned Benton, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Many were published first in The Larchmont Gazettestarting in 2005, and with The Larchmont Historical Society. The project owes a debt of gratitude to Judith Doolin Spikes, whose books are frequently referenced here and are essential to understanding of the enslavers of Mamaroneck Township.

Additional material comes from the New York State Records Index, a project co-directed by John Jay Professors Ned Benton and Judy Lynn Peters. That index is now part of the Northeast Slavery Records Index. 

What You Will Find

The site includes both updated and early materials from this project. Documentation lists bibliographic and census information. Demographics displays information summarizing all the information from the North East Slavery Records Index (NESRI) and the List of all known slaveholders and enslaved people. Small Family Memories recounts anecdotes from the life of one slaveholding family member. Legacy Articles includes seven articles published from 2005-2010.