Did you know? Presidents' Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, who was born on February 22, but celebrates all presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is February 12.
Today is the day we honor the men who have led this wonderful country. #happypresidentsday#abrahamLincoln
“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” We have a lot of work to do so let’s not forget that people have the #power to make the #change.
This Presidents' Day, towards the end of Black History month, reminds me of four Presidents mentioned in my book:
After the American Revolutionary War, our 1st President came back to New York to retrieve his runaway "slaves" from his Virginia plantation. Washington owned 317 slaves.
Before he became the 16th President of the USA, Lincoln was in Manhattan on several occasions. However, after he was assassinated in DC, his funeral procession went through the city of NY.
Chester A. Arthur.
Before he was the 21st President, he was a young attorney in Manhattan. He represented, in a civil rights case, Elizabeth Jennings Graham after she was denied a seat on a streetcar because she was Black. He won that case, and the verdict led to the integration NYC streetcar lines. However, Fredrick Douglass later said, He “allowed the country to drift…towards the howling chasm of slaveholder Democracy.” Theodore Roosevelt.
Before he became the 26th President of the USA, he was the police commissioner of NYC. He witnessed, the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of the people living in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He later said, “I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indian is the dead Indian, but I believe 9 out of 10 are.” Read more about these Presidents, including our recent Presidents, in my book, "You Are Here - A Geographical History of Enslaved and Free Africans in Manhattan: 1613 - 1865" It is currently available at Amazon.com. Thank you for your continued support, it's greatly appreciated!