Practicing Equality, Quakers In Queens

The exhibition, Practicing Equality, Quakers in Queens, is a historical account of Quakers in Queens. The Society of Religious Friends, more commonly termed Quakers, had an influence upon the ideals which helped in the establishing of the United States of America. Queens was the first place in colonial America where Quakers were accepted and contested; it was here that the Quakers put their principles simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship – into action and were persecuted for these beliefs. Equality is the most contentious principle; some view it as an end, others as a means. Queens Quakers viewed it as a means over the last three and one-half centuries. This exhibition relates to the journey which has been marked by a daring and frequently irregular path to equality via the means of practicing equality.