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Historic Bowne House in Queens to hold tours through Black History Month on Quaker family's role in abolitionist movement


Added 02-09-20 09:13:02am EST - “The 17th century property on Bowne St. near 37th Ave. ?" considered the oldest house in Queens ?" will be hosting several tours this February to teach New Yorkers about the Quaker family's prominent role in the Underground Railroad…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Historic Bowne House in Queens to hold tours through Black History Month on Quaker family’s role in abolitionist movement”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In the mid-1800s, a prominent abolitionist sent a letter to William Bowne Parsons in Flushing, Queens, urging the Quaker man to shelter a runaway slave.

“Williamsburgh (sic) is too near the city for his safety,” wrote Simeon Jocelyn in the note dated Sept. 28, 1850. “If he can be kept for a few days perfectly unobserved in your neighborhood he may after the hunters shall have returned take passage east or south as may be deemed advisable. This is a strong case and great caution is required."

That rare letter is preserved at the Bowne House today — and is one of many artifacts that historians hope to highlight this Black History Month.

The 17th century property on Bowne St. near 37th Ave. — considered the oldest house in Queens — is hosting several tours this February about the Quaker family’s prominent role in the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement.

Englishman John Bowne built the house in 1661, in what was then a Dutch colony. His unorthodox Quaker beliefs fueled his passion for religious freedom, which inspired future generations to join the fight against slavery.

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