Wilson Rantus Rock

Wilson Rantus (1807-1861) was a free African American businessman, farmer and civil rights activist who owned land in both Flushing and Jamaica in the mid-1800s. He built a school for Black children and took part in the struggle for equal voting rights in New York State, seeking to end property requirements for African American citizens. He also was a financial backer of Thomas Hamilton’s "Anglo-African" magazine and newspaper. The Rantus family farm and cemetery were located adjacent to the site on the Queens College campus where this commemorative boulder is found.


Mary French, "Rantus Family Cemetery," New York City Cemetery Project, June 25, 2018, https://nycemetery.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/rantus-family-cemetery/

Anonymous, "Guide to the Wilson and Jane Rantus Papers 1834-1883 Control #R-1," Queens Public Library Digital Archives, http://digitalarchives.queenslibrary.org/browse/guide-wilson-and-jane-rantus-papers-1834-1883-control-r-1

Signage at commemorative site on Queens College campus.