Thursday, February 07, 2008

Black History Month at the Brooklyn Supreme Court Law Library

As part of the Brooklyn Supreme Court's Black History Month Celebration, the Library has made a display of New York State laws dealing with slave history. Until I started researching the topic, I wasn't aware of how much slavery had been part of the state's legal fabric. (I didn't make it to the Historical Society's exhibit on slavery last year.) Our library has a complete set of New York State statutes so the exhibit is so moving. Just to see the words on yellowed paper gives such a sense of the reality of the laws.

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