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Nyack People & Places: Our Streets Named After Slaveholders

Claus, Flas, Dick, Cuff, Pompey, and Dick. Say their names, for they were enslaved people purchased by Orangetown landowners Peter and Tunis DePew from 1795-1810. Of the six, four were purchased after the Gradual Abolition Act of 1799 was passed, a testament to the fact that slavery was more widespread in Orangetown than historians once admitted.

 

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