King Manor Museum Celebrates the Constitution

Everyone knows the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. But do you know when the United States Constitution, the framework for our nation’s government, was signed on September 17, 1787? And one of those signers was Rufus King, who later moved to Jamaica.

King Manor Museum, once home to King and his family, will celebrate this important document with a “Constitution and Cocktails” party on the museum’s grounds in Rufus King Park on Wednesday, September 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will go towards King Manor’s educational programs, which serve over 8,000 people a year.

Rufus King played a key role in drafting the Constitution while serving on the Constitutional Convention’s Committee of Style and Arrangement alongside Alexander Hamilton, William Samuel Johnson, Gouverneur Morris, and James Madison.

King later went on to become a well-known voice in the early anti-slavery movement with dramatic speeches opposing the Missouri Compromise, speeches that, John Quincy Adams wrote, had slave-holders “seized with cramps.”

This year we are thrilled to be honoring Yvonne Reddick, district manager of Community Board 12. Ms. Reddick has served on the community board for over 30 years, over 20 of those years as district manager.

In this role, she has guided the board through many community developments, including the construction of the AirTrain project, the rezoning of Downtown Jamaica, and the foreclosure crisis.

Ms. Reddick is also a great advocate for King Manor Museum and Rufus King Park, never letting anyone forget the site’s historic importance. “Constitution and Cocktails” will also feature remarks by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit kingmanor.org or call 718-206-0545 ext. 12.

Nadezhda Williams Allen is executive director of King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, the only history museum in Southeast Queens. It serves over 8,000 people a year through school programs, tours, lectures, concerts, craft workshops, and community events.

Everyone knows the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. But do you know when the United States Constitution, the framework for our nation’s government, was signed on September 17, 1787? And one of those signers was Rufus King, who later moved to Jamaica.

King Manor Museum, once home to King and his family, will celebrate this important document with a “Constitution and Cocktails” party on the museum’s grounds in Rufus King Park on Wednesday, September 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will go towards King Manor’s educational programs, which serve over 8,000 people a year.

Rufus King played a key role in drafting the Constitution while serving on the Constitutional Convention’s Committee of Style and Arrangement alongside Alexander Hamilton, William Samuel Johnson, Gouverneur Morris, and James Madison.

King later went on to become a well-known voice in the early anti-slavery movement with dramatic speeches opposing the Missouri Compromise, speeches that, John Quincy Adams wrote, had slave-holders “seized with cramps.”

This year we are thrilled to be honoring Yvonne Reddick, district manager of Community Board 12. Ms. Reddick has served on the community board for over 30 years, over 20 of those years as district manager.

In this role, she has guided the board through many community developments, including the construction of the AirTrain project, the rezoning of Downtown Jamaica, and the foreclosure crisis.

Ms. Reddick is also a great advocate for King Manor Museum and Rufus King Park, never letting anyone forget the site’s historic importance. “Constitution and Cocktails” will also feature remarks by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit kingmanor.org or call 718-206-0545 ext. 12.

Nadezhda Williams Allen is executive director of King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, the only history museum in Southeast Queens. It serves over 8,000 people a year through school programs, tours, lectures, concerts, craft workshops, and community events.

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