African-American Lives

Grades 4–12

Middle school students examine slave bills at the Wyckoff House MuseumSam, Jack, Lidge, and Cato were enslaved people who worked for the Wyckoff family in the early 1800s. Examine their lives, and investigate primary source documents including slave bills of sale and manumission declarations. In conjunction with this tour, students explore multiple perspectives on servitude and the lives of important African-Americans in colonial New York.

Choice of one hands-on activity:

  • Butter churning
  • Herbal sachet and medicine making
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