Thematic Tour: Slavery and Abolition at John Jay Homestead in Katonah

In recognition of Black History Month, John Jay Homestead State Historic Site will be offering special thematic tours that examine the history of slavery in New York and in the Jay Family. The story of the Jay family, their slaves, and the way the generations of the Jays acted in response to slavery is complex. The glimpses into the past that these stories give can be a springboard toward developing a deeper understanding of the people who are part of the story.

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 2:00 PM
“The great majority, or rather the great body, of our people had been so long accustomed to the practice and convenience of having slaves…” 
John Jay, 1788

Admission: $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and students, children under 12 and members of Friends of John Jay Homestead are admitted for free.

John Jay Homestead 400 Jay St, Katonah, NY 10536

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John Jay’s son William became one of America’s most important abolitionists. A year after his death in 1858, his fellow abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, delivered this twenty-four page eulogy to honor him.


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