North Hempstead officials join Cow Neck Historical Society to unveil historic plaque

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North Hempstead Town Council Member Mariann Dalimonte, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, President of the Cow Neck Historical Society Chris Bain, Cow Neck Historical Society Project Coordinator Ross Lumpkin, Ann Marie Thigpen and Ken Thigpen. (Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead)

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Council Member Mariann Dalimonte joined the Cow Neck Historical Society on Feb. 25 to unveil a new historic plaque recognizing Cato Sands, an early black settler to Port Washington.

Cato Sands was freed in 1782 in the will of Simon Sands. His descendants owned a home in the Mill Pond area. According to the historical records, the younger Cato – presumed to be his son – purchased land in 1834 and built his home in 1835, approximately 185 years ago. He purchased it for $400 and lived there with his family.

The plaque is part of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society’s historic designation plaque program which honors notable buildings associated with individuals, businesses, or institutions in the community. The overall goal is to raise awareness about local history.

Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead

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