Skip to main content

Cato Crook, in His Own Words

Sat, 02/18/2023 - 15:38
Charles E. Lawrence Collection, Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana, Smithtown Library

For Black History Month, the Bridgehampton Museum is offering a talk, "From the Pen of a Formerly Enslaved Man," with Julie Greene, the Southampton Town historian, on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Nathaniel Rogers House at the Main Street and Ocean Road intersection. 

The man is Cato Crook. He lived in Bridgehampton and in 1819 wrote to a prominent Smithtown landowner,  Elias Smith, protesting the ill treatment of his so-called runaway niece and requesting that she be granted her freedom. His letter "offers a glimpse into the complex and painful world of servitude on Long Island in the 18th and early 19th centuries," a release from the museum said.

Admission is $10, free for members.

Thank you for reading . . . 
...Your support for The East Hampton Star helps us deliver the news, arts, and community information you need. Whether you are an online subscriber, get the paper in the mail, delivered to your door in Manhattan, or are just passing through, every reader counts. We value you for being part of The Star family.

Your subscription to The Star does more than get you great arts, news, sports, and outdoors stories. It makes everything we do possible.