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Ashamed of what had happened to their city during the Draft Riots, New York's merchant class set up a Committee of Merchants for the Relief of Colored People offering all black New Yorkers whose property had been destroyed or stolen to submit claims… Read More

During the draft riots, a mob stormed the Lyons's home three times before finally managing to destroy the interior and partially burn it down. The mob's goals were multiple but precise: they wanted to strike at the heart of the black family; destroy… Read More

By the late 1850s, both Philip White and Albro Lyons had moved to Vandewater Street, Philip to number 40, and Albro to 20. Vandewater was a typical Lower Manhattan Street, comprised of buildings that were both residential and commercial, tall and… Read More