The Rocky Mount Historical Society of New York (Long Island) recently unveiled a new roadside historic marker that pays tribute to a settlement of free African-Americans that resided in the area in the 18th century. As stated by Natalie Stiefel, President of the society, this settlement of free African-Americans pre-dated the Manumission Act of 1784 and the Emancipation Proclamation. Located on Route 25A, the roadside marker resides near where archaeologists from the New York State Museum in 1991 excavated the foundations of a house owned by a free African-American named Betsey Prince. The Long Island Journal published their findings in 2011 in an article by Allison Manfra McGovern, a member of the Department of Anthropology (CUNY), entitled “Rocky Point’s African American Past: A Forgotten History Remembered through Historical Archaeology at the Betsey Prince Site”. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation funded the construction and placement of the marker.
Please visit the link below to learn more about this historical marker:
Rocky Point Roadside Marker
Commemorates Area’s African-American History
via Long Island Newsday