Dorothy Creole was one of the first women slaves in New Amsterdam. One day in 1643, after she had been in the colony for several years, she went to the Dutch Reformed Church to serve as godmother for a black baby named Antonio. When the boy's parents died a short time later, Dorothy and her husband adopted him and raised him. This is one of the first times when the public records show New Amsterdam's black people stepping in to take care of each other, though it was common.

For more about Dorothy Creole link to "Life Stories: Profiles of Black New Yorkers During Slavery and Emancipation"