Seneca Village

Discover Seneca Village through the dedicated work of researchers, archaeologists, and Central Park Conservancy historians and guides.

Before the construction of Central Park in 1858, the landscape along what is now the Park’s perimeter from West 82nd to West 89th Street was the location of Seneca Village. This African-American enclave existed from 1825 to 1857, providing its residents an escape from unhealthy conditions and pervasive racism experienced in downtown Manhattan, as well as an opportunity to build a new community.

When the City acquired the land for Central Park through the process of eminent domain, the residents of Seneca Village were displaced and forgotten. In the 1990s, historians rediscovered the Village, leading to an ongoing project to uncover this extraordinary community.

In recent years, the Conservancy has undertaken a major effort to conduct new research on Seneca Village and also share its history within the physical landscape of the Park.

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Discover Seneca Village

Learn about Seneca Village through the following resources compiled by the Central Park Conservancy.