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Moffat Library Databases: Exploring Black History

Exploring Black History Year-Round

Explore Black History year-round with free databases, virtual lectures, and resources at your library.

Virtual Resources

Throwback Thursday Articles

Throwback Thursday - Feb. 3, 2022: Local History Collection Highlights

Local History Librarian, Matt Thorenz, highlights some of Moffat Library's collection of regional history books focused on the African American experience in the Hudson Valley. 



Throwback Thursday  - Sept. 23, 2021: "A Life of Quiet Dignity: Naomi Sewell Richardson"

Local History Librarian, Matt Thorenz, highlights this 1995 edition of “A Life of Quiet Dignity: Naomi Sewell Richardson” by Alice Jefferson Marshall, Estella Henderson Boyd, Leola Murray Mason, and Karen J. Wilson. Naomi Sewell Richardson (1892 – 1993) was the first African American to graduate from Washingtonville High School, attended Howard University in 1910, and went on to found one of the first Black Sororities in the United States.


Black History Month Jeopardy for Middle Schoolers

Black History Month Jeopardy

Test your historical knowledge with this free Jeopardy download focusing on Black History for Middle Schoolers.
Many thanks to Gene Maloney for creating and sharing this game!


February 2022

Black Patriots in Washingtonville's All Faith Cemetery via Zoom

Join local historians and genealogists Jill Moore and Sherri Bruen to learn about the rediscovery and remembrance of 15 African American soldiers who served the Union during the American Civil War and are buried here in Washingtonville.
Thanks for joining us this year! You can see the program recording on YouTube if you missed it or would like to revisit the presentation.

black patriots program flyer

Recorded Events

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad via YouTube, Presented by the Friends of Moffat Library

History teacher Leon Dimartino presents on the life and times of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in this hour-long recording.

Jacob Lawrence Art Lecture by Laura Nicholls via YouTube, Presented by the Friends of Moffat Library

Art Educator Laura Nicholls presents on the Jacob Lawrence, a painter who documented African American social experiences and history through his artwork.