Speaker Rich Accetta-Evans will explore early Quaker history and customs, as practiced by the Bownes, Parsons, and other families in Flushing. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
The Bowne House was built ca. 1661 by John Bowne, who settled in Flushing, Queens when New York was under Dutch rule. Over the course of 300 years, the family left its mark on American culture, participating in events of both regional and national significance. In 1662, John and his wife Hannah held Quaker meetings in their home. This was done in direct defiance of Governor Peter Stuyvesant’s edict forbidding the practice of religions other than the Dutch Reformed Church. The family’s non-violent protest and John Bowne’s subsequent trial forced Stuyvesant to permit freedom of religion in the New Netherland colony. This freedom evolved over 100 years later into the guarantees in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
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