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Angels of Mercy: White Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum

William Seraile


This book uncovers the history of the Colored Orphan Asylum, founded in New York City in 1836 as the nation's first orphanage for African American children — a remarkable institution that is still in the forefront aiding children. Although no longer an orphanage, in its current incarnation as Harlem-Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services it maintains the principles of the women who organized it nearly 200 years ago. The agency weathered three wars, two major financial panics, a devastating fire during the 1863 Draft Riots, several epidemics, waves of racial prejudice, and se ... More

Keywords: Colored Orphan Asylum, New York City, African American children, Harlem-Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services, Quaker, W.E.B. Du Bois, orphanage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823234196
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Seraile, author
Emeritus, Lehman College