MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

The riots in New York: destruction of the Colored Orphan Asylum

On July 13, 1863, as 233 children were led from the back door to safety, a white mob attacked the Colored Orphan Asylum and burned it to the ground during the city’s deadliest riot.

Source: NYPL Digital Gallery

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