The Oyster Bay Historical Society hosts a day-long event to digitize the cultural heritage collections of the Hood African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The congregation’s collections include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, journals, diaries, genealogies, and military records that chronicle the lives of church members and their ancestors, who descend from free local African Americans and from families relocating from Virginia to Oyster Bay in the 20th century.
The digitized materials gathered during the day’s event will be made publicly available on the Historical Society’s web site and through the Long Island Memories collections sponsored by the Long Island Library Resources Council. The project aims to highlight the role of church members in the development of Oyster Bay as well as in their participation through military service in a broader national historical narrative. The project will create new and extend existing connections within the Oyster Bay community and serve as a model for future collaborations focused on cultural heritage.