- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) - A new exhibit at a state historic site near Albany tells the story of the extensive slave trade that existed when New York was a Dutch colony.

The exhibit is titled “A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World” and it’s on display at the Crailo (KRAY’-loh) State Historic Site in Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER’), across the Hudson River from Albany.

The exhibit traces the history of slavery in New York from when the first Africans were brought to Manhattan in the 17th century to July 4, 1827, when the last of the remaining slaves in New York state were set free. Many of the slaves brought upstate were owned by the wealthy Dutch families who had vast land holdings in the Albany area.

The exhibit is open by appointment during the winter. Regular tours begin May 11.

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