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Palisades in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Skunk Hollow
 
Skunk Hollow Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
1. Skunk Hollow Marker
 
Inscription. Skunk Hollow or, “the mountain,” was a free black community from 1806-1905. The first known deed dated 1806 belonged to Jack Earnest from Palisades.

In 1841, William Thompson, an African Methodist Episcopal itinerant preacher bought Jack’s house, built a church on his land, and became resident preacher.

Over one hundred families lived in Skunk Hollow including Brown, Oliver, Sisco, Thompson, Williams and others.
 
Erected by African-American Historical Society of Rockland County.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New York, Historical Society of Rockland County marker series.
 
Location. 41° 0.09′ N, 73° 54.699′ W. Marker is in Palisades, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on U.S. 9W, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on Route 9W just north of the New Jersey border. Marker is in this post office area: Palisades NY 10964, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph Dubois House (approx. ¾ mile away in New Jersey); Rockleigh (approx. 0.8 miles away in New Jersey); Jacob Concklin House (approx. 0.8 miles away in New Jersey); Rockleigh Road (approx. one mile away in New Jersey); Abraham A. Haring House (approx. one mile away in New Jersey); Piermont Road (approx. 1.1 miles away in New Jersey); John A. Haring House (approx. 1.1 miles away in New Jersey); Battle of Edgar's Lane (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
Marker on Route 9W Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
2. Marker on Route 9W
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Skunk Hollow: History of a 19th Century Community of Free African-Americans. The Palisades Newsletter. (Submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Photograph of "Uncle Billy Thompson". Historic photograph of Uncle Billy (William) Thompson, an African Methodist Episcopal minister in Skunk Hollow, from the collecion of the Palisades Free Library. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Historical Society of Rockland County of New City, New York.) 

3. Historic Photograph of Aunt Betty Thompson. Historic photograph of Aunt Betty Thompson, wife of William Thompson, a minister in Skunk Hollow. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Historical Society of Rockland County of New City, New York.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,426 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
 
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