(REALM) Recognizing Enslaved Africans of Larchmont Mamaroneck

MAMARONECK TOWN’S FOUNDATIONAL TIES TO SLAVERY

More than 200 men, women and children were enslaved in Mamaroneck Town between 1698 and 1817. The list of Enslavers and Enslaved, compiled by John Jay College Professor Ned Benton, a REALM member, summarizes what is known about local enslavement. Additional information comes from the North East Slavery Records Index.

Almost all the enslavers are named in official documents during their lifetimes and, years later, their family names dot our streetscape. For the enslaved persons who helped build our town, there are almost no full names nor tributes recorded in the past or appreciated now.

This is the condition REALM hopes to rectify.

Other Westchester communities are already pursuing similar goals. For example, in 2022, Yonkers inaugurated its Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden. The same year, the Recognizing Enslaved Africans Committee in Irvington installed its memorial. Now REALM is developing a memorial in our community to honor the enslaved people and help our residents gain a more accurate and meaningful understanding of slavery in America.

REALM’S GOALS

  • Recognize the Enslaved Individuals: The aim of our group is to recognize for today and for the future that slavery existed here. We affirm that slavery was wrong and that the individuals so wronged matter to us today and into the future.
  • Engage the Community in Creating a Memorial to Recognize the Enslaved People: Our goal is to develop a permanent, physical memorial in a prominent location, central to all of the Town of Mamaroneck, Village of Mamaroneck and Village of Larchmont. In developing designs for the memorial and raising funds for its implementation, we aim to engage members of our local civic, cultural, educational and faith groups, as well as members of the community at large.
  • Develop and Implement Plans for Educational Programs in Conjunction with the Memorial: To further the educational function of the memorial, and to ensure that its meaning is not lost in the future, we aim to develop ongoing, regular, related educational programs for students and the larger community.
  • Raise Funds for the Creation and Installation of a Permanent Memorial: We will be reaching out to organizations and individuals to raise the sums needed for a memorial and related educational programming. To participate, donate here.

CURRENT MEMBERS of REALM (established 2018)

2024: Sid Albert, Ned Benton (Co-director of the New York Slavery Records Index), Gail Boyle, Lynne Crowley, Jackie Lorieo, Jill Parry, John Pritts, Joanne Shaw, Judy Silberstein, Leilani Yizar.