Created By: King Manor Museum
The Legacy of Black Activism in Jamaica, Queens
Today King Manor Museum's mission is to interpret founding father Rufus King’s political legacy and antislavery history to teach critical thinking for a healthier democracy -- something we cannot do without acknowledging, uplifting, and learning from the Black activism, culture, and arts still happening in Jamaica, Queens all around us. The same grassroots-style activism which Wilson Rantous, Samuel Berry and their allies employed is essential to civil rights movements today like Black Lives Matter, Women's Marches, and LGBTQ+ activism.
Voting rights and access to political citizenship for BIPOC voters as well as equitable education for students of color remains an issue in New York and across the United States. Here are several local organizations that you can join or support that are working to address these inequities, bring diverse arts and humanities to the community, and improve the lives of all Queens residents:
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Visit our website at www.kingmanor.org to check out our upcoming events and stay tuned for further research on Wilson Rantous, Douglaston, and Black activism in Jamaica, Queens!
King Manor Museum is open for guided house tours:
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri: 11am, 12pm 1pm, 2pm, 3pm (by reservation only)
Saturday: 1-5pm (drop ins welcome!)
We hope you enjoyed this tour! Research on Douglaston and Jamaica's 19th century Black community is ongoing at King Manor, and information will be updated as new facts come to light.
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This point of interest is part of the tour: After Emancipation: Wilson Rantous and Douglaston