SLAVE SHIP ERIE, Atlantic Basin, 1860

A pivotal event in the ending of slavery occurred on December 5, 1860, in Atlantic Basin, Red Hook when the slave ship ERIE was sold at government auction.  Its captain and owner, Nathaniel Gordon, was then executed for engaging in the slave trade.  President Abraham Lincoln himself made sure that an example was made of Captain Gordon and his ship ERIE. This is an important event in African American history.

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Slave Ship Erie

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