nbenton@jjay.cuny.edu

REALM, a committee of local residents, is raising funds to install a memorial at the Mamaroneck Town Center to honor the enslaved Africans whose involuntary labor helped build what is now the town and villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck.

You can help:

Learn about the enslaved Africans here.
Donate to build the memorial.

 

We are a group of local residents who have become aware of our community’s foundational ties to the institution of slavery. We came together in 2018. 

Our Mission: Through research, education, and civic engagement, the Recognizing Enslaved Africans of Larchmont-Mamaroneck memorial project seeks to honor the history, humanity and contribution of enslaved men, women, and children who helped build our community.

Mamaroneck Town’s Foundational Ties to Slavery

There are no memorials to Susannah, Jack, Bet, Pheby, Danie, Hannibal, Banjo Billy, Jinny or the scores of other enslaved persons whose unpaid labor helped build our community. Yet we honor the slaveholders on streets signs: Richbell, Gedney, Griffen, Merritt, Munro and DeLancey.

Jinny and Billy

A complete listing of Mamaroneck Town enslavers and enslaved persons compiled by Professor Ned Benton of John Jay College, a Larchmont resident and a member of our group, includes 43 enslaving families and at least 198 enslaved persons living in Mamaroneck between 1698 and 1817 (see Slaveholders and Slaves: The List – Updated in 2024).  Almost all the enslavers have full names recorded in official documents during their lifetimes and, years later, their family names dot our streetscape. For the enslaved persons, there are neither full names nor tributes recorded in the past or appreciated now.

This is the condition our group hopes to rectify.

Other Westchester communities are already pursuing similar goals. For example, in 2022, Yonkers inaugurated its Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden. The same year, the Recognizing Enslaved Africans Committee in Irvington installed its memorial. Our group is proposing a similar memorial in our community that could serve as an educational catalyst and help our residents gain a more accurate and meaningful understanding of slavery in America.