Livingston Brothels: Columbia and Profits from Black Bodies

This digital project demonstrates the ways in which the Livingston family, and by extension Columbia, profited off of the bodies of women, especially women of color through brothel ownership. It begins with a timeline of the Livingston family's ownership of brothels throughout New York City from 1820-1859. Through details through census records, assault reports, and the city directory it then goes on to detail the erased black bodies that lived in these brothels and the ways in which these brothels constituted sites of violence for the women and men living there.

 

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Maya Zundel