Prof. Carla L. Peterson is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.You can learn more about her and her book at her website and a special website called the Black Gotham Archive set up to provide more details about information from the book. She hopes that others will also contribute stories and photos of New York City African American history as well which can be uploaded directly to the site.
The book Black Gotham:A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, published by Yale University Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.
Carla Peterson is also the author of “Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830-1880.
Carla did much of her research for Black Gotham at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture which is part of the New York Public Library. It is open Tuesday through Saturday each week.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was one of the center of the Black community in 19th century New York City.
One of the extraordinary in this circle of successful African American men was James McCune Smith, a physician, pharmacist and abolitionist.
Yale University Press, the publisher of Black Gotham:A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, donated a copy of the book which was given as “door prize” during the live show to a listener in Delaware. A big thank you to Yale University Press for their generosity!
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