Hibernian and Montgomery Halls

76 Prince St.
New York City

Hibernian and Montgomery Halls

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Hibernian Hall at #42 and Montgomery Hall at #76 provided a variety of organizations with meeting rooms. When the number of Irish in the City increased, the societies grew in number. Such organizations not only buried the dead but also paid out sick benefits and a form or life insurance. Also headquartered in the halls were the volunteer militia companies popular amount Irishmen who, as "aliens," were rejected by the native militia. By the time of the Civil War, the "alien" militia-men had become acceptable. The Irish regiments compiled an imposing records during the Civil War. When the South seceded, the Irish took up the cause on Unionism and the Irish fought on the battlefields of war. The Irish of the City fearing that freed slaves would compete with them for the same jobs that had.

The historic research contained in this Open Green Map is from the book: "Six Heritage Tours of the Lower East Side" by Ruth Limmer, in collaboration with NYC's Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

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"The Irish of the City fearing that freed slaves would compete with them for the same jobs that had."

Whaaa??? One can guess what this sentence fragment was on about, and that it was cut-and-pasted from some unreliable source, and never proofread.

Anyway, there was no competition between "Irish" and "freed slaves" in New York. That is a myth. The historical writer Adrian Cook investigated that legend some years ago and discovered that it never happened. Curiously, a few blacks in New York were replaced with immigrant Germans in the 1850s (because they would work harder for less money). That is the only instance remotely resembling your suggestion.

MS Van Vliet
mvv [AT] nbnm [DOT] net

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"The Irish of the City fearing that freed slaves would compete with them for the same jobs that had."

Whaaa??? One can guess what this sentence fragment was on about, and that it was cut-and-pasted from some unreliable source, and never proofread.

Anyway, there was no competition between "Irish" and "freed slaves" in New York. That is a myth. The historical writer Adrian Cook investigated that legend some years ago and discovered that it never happened. Curiously, a few blacks in New York were replaced with immigrant Germans in the 1850s (because they would work harder for less money). That is the only instance remotely resembling your suggestion.

MS Van Vliet
mvv [AT] nbnm [DOT] net

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