The Enslaved at Sylvester Manor
The Enslaved at Sylvester Manor: Revealing their stories through Landscape and Memory Join us for a talk about the lives of the enslaved at Shelter Island's Sylvester Manor. Led by Ms. Donnamarie Barnes, Curator/Archivist at the Sylvester manor Educational Farm. About the Talk: Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the ancestral home of the Manhansett People, began in 1651 as a provisioning plantation worked by enslaved Africans brought from Barbados. For almost 400 years, the place has descended through the same family. Today as a not for profit organization, Sylvester Manor Educational Farms' mission is to Preserve, Cultivate and Share the stories of all the people who lived and worked on this land. Their presence is felt throughout the historic Manor house and throughout the 235 acre landscape.
Donnamarie Barnes began working at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in 2016 as Curator/ Archivist after working for over thirty years in photojournalism as a photo editor. Her ongoing work of conserving the various collections at the Manor, researching and uncovering the lives and identities of the enslaved and indigenous people of Sylvester Manor is an integral part of the organization’s mission to Preserve, Cultivate and Share the stories of all the people of Sylvester Manor. She has curated the exhibitions, "Women of the Manor'', "A Place in Pictures" and "All That Has Been: Our Roots Revealed". Her work at Sylvester Manor also includes ongoing photography projects relating to the memory of slavery felt in the landscape.