Did an Enslaved Woman Try to Warn the Americans of Benedict Arnold’s Treason?

New research sheds light on Liss, who was enslaved by the family of a Culper Spy Ring leader and had ties to British spymaster John André

This is the full documentary piece on Espionage and Enslavement that Kristin Thorne produced for ABC7NY’s streaming service that she aptly titled: “…: The Epic Story of Elizabeth.”

This spot aired on WABC7NY on January 8th, 2022

OYSTER BAY, Long Island (WABC) — For the past 17 years, local historian Claire Bellerjeau has been studying the life of an enslaved Black woman from Long Island during the Revolutionary War period.

“Most people focus on the Civil War era,” she said. “Most people focus on the South. But this is really our only northern America’s founding era story that has a complete life.”

Tavis Smiley Interview on KBLA Radio

On August 16, 2021 Claire Bellerjeau was interviewed by Tavis Smiley on his flagship program for KBLA, America’s newest progressive radio network and LA’s first Black-owned talk station.

Smithsonian Magazine, May 2021
"Espionage and Enslavement" is selected as one of the Top 5 New Releases of May 2021 by Smithsonian Magazine.

Independent scholar Claire Bellerjeau made a miraculous discovery in the New-York Historical Society’s collections; she uncovered an unpublished poem likely written by Jupiter Hammon, the first published African American author in America.

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OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — Raynham Hall, a historic house museum a few blocks from the bay that gives this hamlet on Long Island’s North Shore its name, has long been known as a nexus of activity during the American Revolution.

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Long Island is known for its charming villages, historic structures, picturesque harbors, and popular festivals. But buried in the past, behind the intriguing small towns and hamlets, is an insidious truth that reveals the vicious cruelty and violence inflicted on certain residents.

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This Newsday article details our book and author Claire Bellerjeau

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Learn about an early Declaration in Oyster Bay

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Claire Bellerjeau, director of education for the historic house museum in Oyster Bay, has just shown two visiting high school students an entry from the old town records showing that here…

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