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Slave-owner's descendant gives away plantation

9 June 2013 Last updated at 00:33Help

One of the oldest estates in the US is being turned into a not-for-profit study centre by the family that has owned it for more than 360 years.

Sylvester Manor - on Shelter Island in New York - was once one of the biggest slave plantations in the North. It was a place where Africans and local Manhasset Indians toiled side by side to service the lucrative sugar and rum trade between the Atlantic coast and the Caribbean.

Now the family's 11th generation - led by 31-year-old musician and farmer Bennett Konesni - is in the midst of giving away the remaining 260 acres (105 hectares) of the estate.

Mr Konesni has been speaking to Michael Maher about his family's plans to turn Sylvester Manor into an educational farm and a centre for the study of slavery, food and rural archaeology on the east coast of America.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22803970

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some lame token gesture if u ask me,  it's a slap in the face tbh and don't get me started on this "not-for-profit" company set-ups, the money they make + the tax breaks they get is a madness



 


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Interesting, looks like a lovely place. Should be given back to the indians though not some non for profit deemz.

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