“Every time we produced new evidence, they told us it wasn’t enough. What do you want? You want me to have dead slaves in the basement?”
Lewis Greenstein was referring to the battle he and “Mama Joy” Chatel fought to prove to New York City that their downtown Brooklyn homes on Duffield Street were stops on the Underground Railroad in the 19th century, and worth saving, a battle that is ongoing. But how do you prove a two-century-old activity that was, as a matter of life and liberty, unrecorded?