Settled in Rossville in 1833, Sandy Ground is the oldest continuously inhabited free black settlement in the United States. The Sandy Ground Historical Society runs a library and a museum on the site. The museum is home to Staten Island’s largest documentary collection of African-American culture and history.
“We are thrilled to display these quilters’ hard work in Borough Hall and highlight a unique part of Staten Island’s history,” said Borough President Oddo. “We hope this exhibit will encourage more tourists, as well as residents who haven’t visited yet, to take a trip to the museum.”
“I’m particularly pleased about this exhibit because it expands our history to a group of people that we may not normally reach,” said Sylvia D’Alessandro, Executive Director of Sandy Ground Historical Society. “I want to thank the Borough President for taking the initiative and helping tell the story of Sandy Ground to tourists from all over the world.”