Black Heritage Tours - New York State

Black Heritage Tours - New York State The first of its kind American - African - Dutch Heritage Tour explores the 'hidden history' of Dutch New York (formerly New Netherland).
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Congratulations and thank you to our upstate NY friends and tour partners for preserving our history(ic) houses. So many...
02/20/2019
Oldest buildings in Upstate NY: 20 historic structures still standing today

Congratulations and thank you to our upstate NY friends and tour partners for preserving our history(ic) houses. So many reflect the early Dutch architecture, history and families. We visit several of these sites during our Black Heritage NYS tour. Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

https://www.newyorkupstate.com/historical-sites/2016/10/oldest_buildings_in_upstate_ny.html#incart_river_index

Upstate NY's history is, in many ways, the history of the United States.

This week in US History.. https://www.facebook.com/blackheritagetours/posts/1669221069832393
04/28/2018

This week in US History..

https://www.facebook.com/blackheritagetours/posts/1669221069832393

The US National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opened Thursday, Apr 26 on a six-acre site overlooking the Alabama State Capitol, is dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy. It demands a reckoning with one of the nation’s least recognized atrocities: the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror.

At the center is a grim cloister, a walkway with 800 weathered steel columns, all hanging from a roof. Etched on each column is the name of an American county and the people who were lynched there, most listed by name, many simply as “unknown.” The columns meet you first at eye level, like the headstones that lynching victims were rarely given. But as you walk, the floor steadily descends; by the end, the columns are all dangling above..

The magnitude of the killing is harrowing, all the more so when paired with the circumstances of individual lynchings, some described in brief summaries along the walk: Parks Banks, lynched in Mississippi in 1922 for carrying a photograph of a white woman; Caleb Gadly, hanged in Kentucky in 1894 for “walking behind the wife of his white employer”..

“Just seeing the names of all these people,” said Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, the nonprofit organization behind the memorial. Many of them, he said, “have never been named in public.”

Will you go visit? 🤔

Read full NY Times article:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/us/lynching-memorial-alabama.html

https://www.facebook.com/cnn/videos/10158283418716509/

#SayTheir4000Names: Parks Banks, Caleb Gadly, Mary Turner..
#neverforget

Greetings NY, for all you educators, friends, I will be the keynote speaker at the Museum of the City of New York’ last ...
04/03/2018
Future City Lab: Mapping the Past, Present, and Future

Greetings NY, for all you educators, friends, I will be the keynote speaker at the Museum of the City of New York’ last in its Future City Lab series! It says ‘sold out’, but if interested please email me: [email protected] Hope to see you there!

http://www.mcny.org/event/future-city-lab-mapping-past-present-and-future

Learn, act, and engage in the company of innovative artists, scientists, historians, and educators. Each day’s lab will feature cutting edge thinking via immersive experiences.

Hello NY.. I know we’ve only just begun our NYS tour journey last year, but if our sister tour in Amsterdam, where it al...
03/11/2018

Hello NY.. I know we’ve only just begun our NYS tour journey last year, but if our sister tour in Amsterdam, where it all began 5 years ago, is any indication what’s to come then hold on to your seat! Let’s celebrate together.. 🎉🍾🎊💪🏾🌍
#WeAreGlobal

https://www.facebook.com/blackheritagetours/posts/1618520981569069

We are so excited and grateful for the amazing kickoff of our 5TH BLACK HERITAGE AMSTERDAM TOUR SEASON!! 🎊🎉💝🖐🏾5️⃣ 🍾💪🏾

The past several weeks have been non-stop welcoming visitors from all over the world: Thailand, Kenya, UK, So Africa, Brazil, Spain, France, Curaçao, Indonesia, Sweden, USA and of course Netherlanders 🌍

We have so many special tours, events and new journeys planned for this year, not only to celebrate our 5 years and all that we’ve accomplished, but also to expand our reach.

To our team (Ashaki Leito, Giovanni Finisie, the Mapping Slavery team (Dineke Stam, Nancy Jouwe, Dineke Hondius, and Sjoerd) and the network of friends, family, colleagues, supporters, tour partners (boat companies/Captains, Museums, orgs, schools), our Tussen de Bogen office family and prayer warriors, there are not enough words to express how much we love you and appreciate everything you’ve done to help bring us this far! I know the best is yet to come!!

I launched BHAT on my daughter Noel’s birthday (Jan 12, 2013), with the intent to create an enterprise and journey that would inspire her to live her dreams, seeing her happy and living a beautiful life, I believe I’ve not only achieved that goal, but based on the many wonderful reviews and feedback over the years we’ve exceeded our expectations ✊🏽

Above all and foremost I thank God, from whom all my blessings have flowed and I know without the Holy Spirit none of this would have been possible! 🙏🏾 Last, but not least I acknowledge all our ancestors who’s presence surround me every day and who’s his/her stories and memory I celebrate with every tour!

One major thing the last 5 years has taught me is that we are deeply connected in ways we never thought of or could imagine. We are on a global journey.. And, for all the ills in the world today, I have been so blessed and inspired by all of you and those who came before me! I am hope-filled that I, BHAT and many others in the field will continue to contribute to the healing, reframing and reclamation work being done.. Our future depends on it!

If you have taken one or more of our tours please share your positive experience with others! If you haven’t taken the tour yet, we hope to see you soon. Get your friends, family and co-workers together and let’s organize a private tour for you (we offer walking, boat, horse-carriage and/or museum Tours). We can customize it to fit your budget! 💶

Thank you for sharing our stories and FB pages with your network! Check out our website and join us on one of our weekly tours, buy a book, and definitely include us in your travel plans, either here in Amsterdam or on our new tour in New York 🌇 www.blackheritagetours.com
🍾 🎉 🎊🙌🏾

Join us for what will be an unforgettable experience exploring Black History and so much more in NYC and Upstate... For ...
12/29/2017

Join us for what will be an unforgettable experience exploring Black History and so much more in NYC and Upstate... For more information and to book your reservation contact: [email protected]

11/28/2017

Thrilled the BHT - NY State is included The NY Times article about new ‘heritage trails in North and South!

“These projects are not just in the south. In 2016, New York State, in conjunction with the company Black Heritage Tours, began offering tours to teach visitors the hidden history of African, Native American and Dutch populations during colonization. The tours, which last from one to three days, go from New York City to Albany along the Hudson River. Stops include the easily missed Harriet Tubman Statue in Harlem; African burial grounds; and mansions owned by Dutch settlers who owned slaves. Visitors can see the basements, attics and kitchens where slaves slept.”

Join us to kick-off 2018 season Feb 10-11! Email us for details: [email protected]

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/travel/new-civil-rights-trails.html

Amsterdam (Netherlands) Book Presentation!
11/09/2017

Amsterdam (Netherlands) Book Presentation!

Join my co-authors and I on 30
Nov at 7:00pm - for the Amsterdam Premier of our new (second) book: Dutch NY Histories: Connecting African, Native American & Slavery Heritage.

Rethink New Amsterdam - hosted by, Pakhuis de Zwijger - a journey along two cities that have been connected for centuries.

Rethink investigates the shared past of Amsterdam and New York. We take a journey through time and look through the eyes of the historical figures Jaques de Munsee, Sojourner Truth and Peter Stuyvesant, the relationship between Amsterdam and New York. What is the connection between urban planning, capitalism, globalization, Dutch identity and slavery? What stamp did the Netherlands in the Golden Age print on the largest city of America and vice versa? And what traces of slavery do we still see in these cities? We make a journey...with stories, videos and a goodie bag to take home.

It will be a special evening with Jörgen Tjon A Fon, Babs Franklin Gons, Victor Bottenbley, and the four authors of the book Dutch New York Histories: Dienke Hondius, Nancy Jouwe and yours truly.

Thanks Umayya Abu Hanna , Ellen-Rose Kambel, Ineke Mok and Noah Hilhorst for organizing the event!

FREE admission, but Registration required: https://www.facebook.com/events/1460791330705097??ti=ia

Book for sale: €15

Program: https://dezwijger.nl/programma/rethink-nieuw-amsterdam#

10/26/2017

The most spectacular sunrise from hot air balloon in Luxor Egypt with Black History Studies!! Wait for it..so worth it!

Watch us live!! https://livestream.com/schomburgcenter/events/7607990
08/03/2017
Lapidus Center Presents: Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage by Schomburg Center

Watch us live!! https://livestream.com/schomburgcenter/events/7607990

Watch Schomburg Center's Lapidus Center Presents: Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage on Livestream.com. Dutch rule in New Amsterdam and New Netherland (1609-1664) was short in comparison to other colonial empires, but it has had a lasting cultural impa...

Why have just one book launch, when your have such amazing partners!! If you're in Dutchess County area, please join us ...
07/21/2017
Upstate NY Book Launch: Dutch New York Histories - Connecting African, Native American & Slavery Heritage

Why have just one book launch, when your have such amazing partners!! If you're in Dutchess County area, please join us on August 4th!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/upstate-ny-book-launch-dutch-new-york-histories-connecting-african-native-american-slavery-heritage-tickets-36445964862

Join the co-authors at Mt. Gulian, one of the key locations in the new book, Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage, authored and presented by Jennifer Tosch, Dienke Hondius, Nancy Jouwe, and Dineke Stam of the Mapping Slavery Project, explores the connect...

Thrilled and honored to announce the launch of our new book at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY is official! Event is ...
07/13/2017
Dutch New York Histories – Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery

Thrilled and honored to announce the launch of our new book at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY is official!

Event is free, but registration is required. Please register today, space is limited! Share with you friends and family.. We look forward to see you there!

www.lapiduscenter.org/2026-2/

Dutch rule in New Amsterdam and New Netherland (1609-1664) was short in comparison to other colonial empires, but it has had a lasting cultural impact seen in present-day street names, cities monuments and more.

Thank you NY State delegation for taking the tour journey with us during your visit to Amsterdam/the Netherlands; and, t...
06/09/2017

Thank you NY State delegation for taking the tour journey with us during your visit to Amsterdam/the Netherlands; and, to Dutch Consulate in NY, and RCE for including the Mapping Slavery Project / Black Heritage Tours in this weeks events!

https://www.facebook.com/blackheritagetours/posts/1355846147836555

This week we have had the pleasure and honor to share the Black Heritage Tour journey, not only with the US Delegation, brought to the Netherlands by Dutch Consulate in the US/Dutch Culture US & NL, but also our friends & trusted advisors of Black Heritage Tours & the Mapping Slavery Project. It has been an exciting, and inspiring week of informative and engaging meetings and events! The pictures again show the range of experiences we've shared!

Thank you all who joined us (the Mapping Slavery Project & Black Heritage Tours) last night at Spui25, (co-hosted by Read My World, RCE, Dutch Culture, and Kosmopolis) and thanks to our guest speakers: Mark Ponte (Ams City Archives), Dienke Hondius (Prof, Vrij Universiteit/Mapping Slavery), Cordell Reeves (NYS Parks & Historic Preservation), and Dennis Maika (New Netherland Institute). A special thanks to Carl Haarnack (BUKU Bibliotheca Books) for hosting our NL & US guests! I was the MC and it was awesome sharing the stage with my friend and co-author Nancy Jouwe who was the Moderator for the panel discussion. Thank you also to Spui 25 for hosting us; you/your staff are awesome!

"It's very inspiring to hear what the state of New York is doing to keep it's (Dutch) history alive and educate the public. Mark Ponte shared his latest finds about the black community that lived in Amsterdam in the 17th century. Makes you realise how much work there still needs to be done to get a better sense of our past and why we are where we are now."
- Ellen-Rose Kembel

We wish all our US friends safe travels back home and look forward to seeing you soon in New York for our new book launch Aug 3!!

If you're in Amsterdam, Netherlands (NL) this week, join us for a preview of the new book: 'Dutch New York' and meet som...
06/06/2017
Mapping Slavery in New York - Read My World

If you're in Amsterdam, Netherlands (NL) this week, join us for a preview of the new book: 'Dutch New York' and meet some of our partners visiting as part of a delegation hosted by Dutch Culture USA and NL!

Free event / in English
https://www.facebook.com/willemijn.lamp/posts/10154471708721087

In August 2017, Dutch New York Histories, Connecting Native American, African and Slavery Heritage will be published in the US and the Netherlands. It maps the Dutch history of New Amsterdam and New Netherland, later becoming New York city and state. It is the second guide after Gids Slavernijverled...

REWRITING HISTORY: When you learn that the 'history' we've been taught to believe in school is wrong, we have a moral an...
05/26/2017

REWRITING HISTORY: When you learn that the 'history' we've been taught to believe in school is wrong, we have a moral and social responsibility to rewrite it!

"I'm a woman's rights.." were the actual first words that Sojourner Truth spoke in her famous speech in 1851 and NOT 'ain't I a woman' as we've been led to believe over the past 150+ years!

So, how is it possible we got it so wrong.. and what does it take to make it right?

These were the questions I asked when first approached about collaborating on the 'Sojourner Truth Project' by its initiator Leslie Podell, for a student assignment at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is also a revolutionary and an activist!

I prided myself in knowing not just about many inaccuracies in history, but in particular about Sojourner Truth's herstory! At first, I thought it was a joke, but as Leslie continued to explain her mission while dropping some serious knowledge about the century-old lie, my skepticism turned to disbelief and even anger! Then once she forwarded the transcribed documents to further convince me she had unearthed the 'real transcript', which is as close to Ms Truth's actual spoken words, I was committed to her vision to do everything needed to help rewrite history and bring this revelation to life!

It's an honor to share the results with you: a beautiful website outlining the historical lie, that she spoke with a 'southern dialect' portrayed by the Francis Gage's incorrect version of Truth's speech he named, 'Ain't I a woman", written in 1863, twelve years after Sojourner delivered the speech in 1851; to now sharing the real 'Truth' as was more accurately transcribed by Marius Robinson in 1851 a more historically correct transcription published in the Salem Anti‐Slavery Bugle, a few weeks after the speech was given. Note: 'this version was not the first published account of the Akron speech, but rather the first attempt to convey what Truth said in full.'

The most startling revelation was that Gage, who was considered an 'abolitionist, not only changed all of Sojourner’s words but chose to represent Sojourner speaking in a stereotypical 'southern black dialect', rather than in her distinct upper New York State low-Dutch accent she would have retained from her youth, when up until she was 9 years old, only spoke Dutch, having been enslaved by a Dutch family.

This brings in my initial 'call for voices /readers' who have Afro-Dutch heritage to read the accurate speech giving us a glimpse of how she may have spoken. The results are amazing! Please take the time to read all the pages before commenting. And, as you listen to the varied interpretations, close your eyes and imagine this tall beautiful Black woman standing before a crowd to say what was on her mind and in her heart!

Thank you Leslie for including me in your journey and to all the participants who lended your voices to this amazing project, and especially to those who accepted my invitation to share their voices with us in rewriting and reframing this important history: Gloria Wekker, Clarice Gargard, Denise Jannah, Eva Skeete Mc Leed and Arlene McGuire. You women rock!! I know the spirit of our ancestor, Queen mother Sojourner Truth is pleased, because her voice lives on through you!! #YouAreaWomansRights

VISIT the website and let us know what you think? www.thesojournertruthproject.com

To everyone, if you're not already a friend or fan, please 'Like' our page to receive his/herstories like this and info about how you can join the new Black Heritage Tour in New York State; or, about the launch of our new book coming out in August: Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American & Slavery Heritage! Both of which we feature the truth about the origins of sister Sojourner.

Lastly, help us spread this new history around the world by sharing this everywhere!! Note: This is an open source project, please connect with us to get involved [email protected] Thank u!

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