Seneca Village: The Black Community That Was Destroyed To Create Central Park

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Seneca Village began in 1825 with the purchase of land by a trustee of AME Zion Church. Following his purchase, this African-American community grew steadily and was later supplemented by Irish immigrants moving to the area. Both populations were marginalized and faced similar discrimination throughout the city. Remarkably, despite their social and racial conflicts elsewhere, the Irish and African-Americans in Seneca Village chose to live in close proximity to each other.[1]

The African-American inhabitants were also quite unique for the time. Their high rates of land ownership, voting and education suggest that Seneca Village was part of the black middle class.

In 1856, the City of New York acquired the village through eminent domain to create Central Park. The city paid landowners, though many found the payment inadequate, and renters were displaced without compensation. There are few records of where residents went after their eviction and the community was destroyed.

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  • Candice Angela. White October 4, 2016 - 6:14 am Reply

    Just another example of the white man stepping on black people.

  • Eleanor Anderson November 5, 2016 - 2:01 pm Reply

    The pictures in the following are things that need to be included in Black History Month. Our children need to know the true history of our ancestors. Actually the world needs to know this. African Americans are more than slavery. Slavery is not our history. The accomplishments of early AA, who came from nothing to world renown is what the world needs, especially Americans. The history books have not been kind to us. They don’t want our people to know the true story of African Americans rise in the world. All they want AA community to know is we’re nothing, and have to be satisfied with what little they let us have. No, No,. No, we can do better. We can rise from the ashes of slavery.

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  • Paul Garner August 11, 2018 - 6:37 pm Reply

    It was probably the Democratic Party that did this.

    • Tmoe February 1, 2019 - 10:45 am Reply

      You couldn’t just read and learn. You just had to inject your racism, sad.

  • Cynthia Woody February 3, 2019 - 4:10 pm Reply

    If you cant visit this platform without racist rhetoric, swipe left and let is celebrate our ancestory. If you are in doubt, get a DNA test and thank GOD you were created. You must know everyone has to take a bath regardless of political party or the color of the skin or we will all get the same results! #GOD evened the playing field.

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