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“Just like my ancestors of 1851, this house is back on the auction block.
The African-American engagement in American history is complicated. It’s fascinating.
And it takes a little more scholarship and a little more backbone than the Landmark Commission is showing for this house.”
—John Reddick, historian.
“Failure to preserve the property that was owned by an abolitionist condones a systematic bias when it comes to designating landmark status in communities of color.
Adding landmarks that celebrate Black history aren’t being given proper consideration.”
“Sites related to abolitionists and the Underground Railroad are rare in New York, and this Greek Revival-Italianate house is arguably the only one known to survive north of 96th Street in Manhattan.”–Port of Harlem
“The Little house that captured Berenice Abbott’s fancy may be stripped of its historical trappings, but the ghosts of its 19th century history remain.” –Ephemeral New York
“They argue Upper Manhattan already suffers from a lack of representation in the city’s historic landmark designations, and that sites linked to the Underground Railroad and the abolition movement are rare in the city.”
“We are very close to losing this house forever, so we must act urgently.” –Mark Levine
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