Richard Riker And The New York Kidnapping Club: The Racist History Behind Riker’s Island

2 Posted by - May 11, 2020 - BLACK ABOLITIONIST, LATEST POSTS

Rikers Island was named after Richard Riker (1773-1842).

Riker reportedly was a member of a New York Kidnapping Club. It was composed of local officials, such as Tobias Boudinot and Daniel D. Nash, who captured Free Blacks and turned them in for a reward.

Black abolitionistsThe History of Riker's Island!, including David Ruggles in New York City, formed vigilance committees to protect their children. In addition, Ruggles and the committees arrested the slave catchers and published their names in black-owned abolitionists newspapers and pamphlets.

A lawyer and eventual judge, Riker saw free blacks on the lowest social level possible. According to historians:

“When seven-year-old schoolboy Henry Scott was seized as a fugitive slave from his classroom, the kidnappers forcibly brought the terrified child before Richard Riker, the magistrate of New York City. They claimed that the boy was property belonging to white Virginian Clara Haxall. Though they could not produce paperwork substantiating their wicked claim, instead of discharging the case, Riker—reputedly a former slaveholder—postponed the case and sentenced Henry to jail in the interim.”

Rikers Island, New York’s main jail complex, was opened in 1932 in commemoration of his deeds.

Original story was written by Lestey Gist and found on The Gist of Freedom’s Facebook page


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  • Cornell Crooks September 23, 2017 - 9:20 am

    Wow so they really paid homage to a slave owner by naming a jail after him? This country has so many deep dark racist secrets and they’re worried about a man peacefully exercising his rights. ?

    • Mweiss May 12, 2020 - 3:27 pm

      This is a false article. Read the real history.

  • Gina October 5, 2017 - 12:28 am

    You said it, Cornell! Unbelievably EVIL WHITE RACISTS!!! They are truly nothing but satanic…STILL…TO THIS VERY DAY!

  • Anthony Dennis October 19, 2017 - 5:46 am

    This shyt is sick … These people are disgusting … Pure scum of the Earth

  • Gina November 15, 2017 - 7:57 am

    Unimaginable horror that MY PEOPLE have had to endure at the hands of demonic devils! That’s okay, because my heart is comforted knowing that all of them (INCLUDING RICHARD RIKER) is BURNING IN HELL FOR ETERNITY!!! LOL!! Payback is definitely a bitch!

  • Marko davis November 24, 2017 - 6:01 pm

    So let’s do fine out how many white people defendants participated in this and charge there assets for reputation and war crimes against humanity pay back a bitch

  • Marko davis November 24, 2017 - 6:08 pm

    Jews haunt natzi since 1932 why not find there defendants that benefit from slave catching lawsuit there assets charge them for war crimes pay back a bitch

  • Tabitha Hardin July 10, 2018 - 2:18 pm

    I have to wonder with the movement of removing all of the Civil War statues in the south why have we yet to destroy Rikers Island? With a city like New York that is supposed to be so Progressive you would think they would have either shut it down by now ( and not this waiting 10 years crap) or change the name from this racist bigot piece of crap human being that they named it after. Oh I’m sorry that’s right because they’re still doing what mr. Riker was doing back then kidnapping and enslaving black and brown people. Good for you New York and your beautiful Progressive ways.

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  • Mweiss May 12, 2020 - 3:31 pm

    The island is thought to be named after Abraham Rycken, a Dutch settler who moved to Long Island in 1638 and whose descendants owned Rikers Island until 1884, when it was sold to the city for $180,000. It was a military base used by the Northern Army during the Civil war. This article is written to stoke racist hatred.