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Dr. Dana Minaya and Historian Martha Willmore,


Dr. Dana F. Minaya worked for over 35 years as a teacher in the New York City school system. For over 25 years, she has performed in-depth research on the original freed North American slaves brought to the Dominican Republic in 1824 by Sir Richard Allen of the AME Church. Approximately 200 of these original settlers migrated to the North-Eastern peninsula of Samana, where their descendents remain to this day. To view a selected bibliography of Literary Resources on the Willmore's and other North American emigrants to Samana, D.R. in 1824, please click here. To view photos of the Willmore family, please click here.


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Left Photo: (l to r) Frank and Dr. Dana Minaya, and former Mayor of New York City, David Dinkins. Right Photo: Dr. Dana Minaya and former Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch.
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Left Photo: Dr. Dana Minaya and former President of the United States, William J. Clinton.  Right Photo: (l to r) Frank and Dr. Dana Minaya and U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel.
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Left Photo: Dr. Dana Minaya on donkey while in Samana, D.R. Right Photo: Dr. Minaya and young friend.

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Left Photo: Dr. Minaya, Peace Corps volunteer, and fellow colleague Constancia Kwawakume at Zion College for West Africa, Angola, Ghana. Right Photo: Dr. Minaya working with Operation Crossroads Africa on a medical clinic in Adigrat, Ethiopia.

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Dr. Dana Minaya at 7 years old, with parents Rosemond and Robert Fienning of Sherman, Texas on right.