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--The John Batchelor Show
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ABC Radio Network
November 24, 2005
The President and CEO of the New York Historical Society, Dr. Louise Mirrer, was interviewed for the program by guest host John Terrett. The John Batchelor Show is a nationally syndicated program that airs on the ABC Radio Network, including stations WABC in New York, WMAL in Washington DC, WRKO in Boston and thirty others. It can also be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Listen--Museum Show Sheds Light on Slavery in New York
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Voice of America
October 18, 2005
By Gini Sikes

Listen--New Exhibit Examines Slavery in New York City
By Ed Gordon
--NPR Arts & Culture News & Notes, October 17, 2005
James Horton is chief historian of the "Slavery in New York" exhibition at the New York Historical Society. Horton talks about the recently-opened exhibit, which details the first arrival of Africans in the city -- which, for two centuries, was the capital of American slavery.

Listen--Revisiting New York History (
--The Brian Lehrer Show
October 7, 2005
Leslie Harris, professor of history at Emory Univeristy and co-editor, Slavery in New York (New Press 2005) - on the history of slavery in New York and the exhibition at the New York Historical Society.


The genius of this show is to recognize that by making New York an international player, slavery in effect made the city the global economic power it is today.
--New-York Historical Society's new "Slavery" exhibit
Georgette Gouveia
The Journal News, October 23, 2005

It's the workaday language of the unspeakable, and for almost two centuries it was the daily argot of New York, arguably the slave capital of the New World. This wealthiest and most mercantile of American cities was constructed on the backs of African slaves. The elegant old New-York Historical Society -- itself founded by a slave owner -- has lifted a curtain and mounted the first expansive exploration of slavery in New York City, running through March 5.
--Old North: Recalling the Real Slaves of New York
Michael Powell
Washington Post, October 9, 2005

The power of New Yorkers to shape their own destiny is a cherished part of the city's mythology, but "Slavery in New York," the new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, rattles pieties and drives home painful truths.
--Peering into the Dark Years
Marion Lignana Rosenberg
Newsday, October 12, 2005

What the New-York Historical Society is trying to do by mounting this exhibition is to stop the history of slavery in New York from being itself reburied, from being once again forgotten.
--New York's Buried History
Jill Lepore
New York Times Op-Ed
, October 9, 2005

It's a must-see
--Staff Editorial
New York Post, October 9, 2005

There is simply no way to attend to this material without hearing the echoing ramifications of slavery's evil, without seeing both how much was accomplished in the century and a half that followed and how deep the scars are that remain.
--The Peculiar Institution as Lived in New York
Edward Rothstein,
The New York Times, October 7, 2005

"Slavery in New York," the largest single exhibit ever mounted by the New-York Historical Society, is even more audacious than its 2004 exhibit on Alexander Hamilton - and every bit as essential to understanding the American experience.
--Remembering New York's Bleak History
William Bryk
The New York Sun, October 7, 2005

The exhibit embodies the proper way to make history - and the New-York Historical Society itself - compelling to a city that's often too busy to remember its own past....The best history lessons are the ones that surprise by compelling a fresh look at what we take for granted. "Slavery in New York" does so, and we urge the Historical Society to mount more dynamic retellings of our past. Stop by 77th St. and Central Park West, and be sure to bring the kids.
--Who We Once Were
Staff Editorial
Daily News, October 6, 2005