Presentation: Site Unseen – Civil War Draft Riots and William Olliffe’s Diary
Saturday, October 2, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Zoom – Registration required
Debbie-Ann Paige’s research illuminates how the Civil War Draft Riots on Staten Island targeted historically Black neighborhoods on the North Shore. Using ferry operator William Olliffe’s diary as a point of reference, Debbie-Ann will explore the contemporary political and economic tensions that led to the racially charged Draft Riots in the mid-19th century on Staten Island.
About Site Unseen: Site Unseen is a new audio project that takes listeners into the Staten Island Museum’s collections to see how documents, photos, and objects illuminate local history. Audio shorts bring together present-day advocates, policymakers and historians, to retell, reveal, and amplify site-specific stories.
Zoom link will be sent upon registration.