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Professors’ Research Reveals Rhinebeck’s 19th Century African American History

Students in Brian McAdoo’s Digital Underground geophysics class and Quincy Mills’s African American history class have spent part of the fall semester researching and rediscovering the vibrant black community of 19th century Rhinebeck. Through a geophysical survey conducted in the section of the Rhinebeck cemetery known as the “Negro Burial Ground,” as well as research of historical archives, the professors and their students have revealed that in the 1800s, this area in northern Dutchess County boasted a vibrant black community that included Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, successful artisans and craftsmen, and early Hudson Valley real estate moguls.

The research team will present a preliminary report of their project “The Black Underground in 19th Century Rhinebeck: Section E of the Rhinebeck Association Cemetery” to be followed by a discussion on Friday, December 10, at 6 pm at Rhinebeck’s Starr Librarylocated at 68 West Market Street. This presentation is free and open to the public.

December 2010

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