Downing's Oyster House
How did African-American entrepreneurs contribute to the antebellum economy of New York City? At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Assess the contributions of entrepreneurs such as Thomas Downing to the economy and social life of antebellum New York
- Identify the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur
- Contrast the image of a wealthy, successful free African American to the commonly-held image of antebellum African Americans as poor and enslaved
- What role did African-American owned businesses and communities play in the expansion of New York City?