African americans in yonkers
In 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation followed by the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, caused the population of African Americans in Yonkers to slowly begin to increase. This increase however, did not become a large one until the first Great Migration of 1910-1930 which took place during World War I. African Americans who were living in the South migrated to the North during this period in search of freedom. They were simply searching for a place to find work, build a home and start a new life. Though every individual had their own personal stories about their move to the North, building a new and better life for themselves was surely a place where all African Americans shared common ground. One of the many stories of migration is currently being displayed at the Hallockville Museum Farm. The exhibit is called "Fletcher and Lizzie Booker: Pioneers in the Great Migration" and it tells the story of Fletcher and Lizzie Booker. The Booker’s we a couple from the South who came to the North during the Great Migration who settled in the North and married in Yonkers in 1915.
 Lane , Julie. "A tale of 'Great Migration' ." The Suffolk Times, August 27, 2009. http://www2.timesreview.com/ST/stories/T082009_Booker_jal (accessed May 6, 2012).