KATONAH — John Jay Homestead State Historic Site will present a lecture, Slavery and the Jay Family: A Seven-Generation Story at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 via Zoom. Founding Father John Jay was descended from three generations of enslavers. Jay himself is something of an enigma: he argued for abolition in the new state of New York as early as 1777 but did not abolish slavery in his own household for another four decades. His descendants include three generations who were abolitionists and civil rights activists. This illustrated program, presented via Zoom, examines the arc of slavery through seven generations of the Jay family. It is a story that goes back to the introduction of slaves into the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam and ends just months before the 13th Amendment abolished slavery. The program is free, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Register at www.johnjayhomestead.org/events.


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