The Woman in the Iron Coffin

Uncovering NYC: New York City’s First Free Black Communities – Newtown

A closer look at the history and legacy of Newtown, Queens.

To learn more about Newtown, Corona, Elmhurst, and the rich cultural history of Queens, New York, visit the Corona-East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society (CEEHPS), and Elmhurst History and Cemeteries Preservation Society, INC.

Secrets of the Dead: The Woman in the Iron Coffin Premiered Wednesday, October 3 on PBS, and is now streaming via pbs.org/secrets and PBS apps.


Executive Producer: Stephanie Carter
Producer/Director: Jacqueline Medina
Producer: Ben Phelps
Editing and Cinematography: Chelsea Rugg
Camera and Sound: Daniel Rivera
Re-recording Mixer: Josh Broome
Graphics: Kyle Sweet

Special thanks to:

Saint Mark AME Church
Corona-East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society (CEEHPS)
Elmhurst History and Cemeteries Preservation Society, INC.
Reverend Kimberly Detherage
Linda Jacob
Dr. Prithi Kanakamedala
Marialena Giampino

Image Credits:

Corona-East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society (CEEHPS)
Elmhurst History and Cemeteries Preservation Society, INC.
New York Public Library
Library of Congress
Impossible Factual
New York State Archives

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