Ulster County Clerk’s Office Celebrates Black History

KINGSTON – In celebration of Black History Month, Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack is pleased to announce the inaugural display in the “Historical Profiles” series. The first profile will feature the prominent 19th century Kingston barber Henry C. Rosecranse, Jr. and is on display throughout the month of February in the lobby of the Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair Street, Kingston.

“Henry C. Rosecranse, Jr. – Kingston’s Ball-Playing Barber” is the first in a series of historical profiles from the Ulster County Clerk’s Office. Henry C. Rosecranse Jr. was born in Kingston ca. 1808-1810 and went on to become a prominent business man and property owner in uptown Kingston, an amazing achievement for an African American man in the 1800’s. He was interviewed several times in his life and often reminisced about his love for playing baseball. He is recognized as one of the first documented African-Americans to play baseball in the U.S., according to Official MLB Historian John Thorn. As years have gone on, Rosecranse’s role in Kingston society sadly faded, but now he is rediscovered and once again put into the spotlight.

“We are so happy to be able to bring Henry Rosecranse Jr.’s life back into the spotlight,” stated County Clerk Postupack. “He was a prominent man in Kingston’s history and should be remembered with pride and appreciation. I cannot think of a better way to kick off the ‘Historical Profiles’ series than with his story.”

For further information about this or other outreach programs of the Ulster County Clerk’s Office, please contact County Clerk Nina Postupack at (845) 340-3040 or visit the archives online at ulstercountyny.gov/archives.

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