The Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State has announced the formation of a statewide committee to begin planning for the bicentennial of the legal abolition of slavery in New York, which finally took effect on July 4, 1827, following what was called “gradual emancipation” that began nearly 30 years before.
The program, Freedom 2027: New York State’s Abolition Bicentennial, will commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the end of enslavement in the state. The movement to end slavery brought together free blacks, freedom seekers, and abolitionists. The initiative also will celebrate the resilience and contributions of Black Americans to the development of New York and recognize that the fight for full freedom and equality is not over.
The Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State (URCNYS) was founded in 2015 to research and promote the history of the Underground Railroad. Members come from sites around New York that were outposts of Underground Railroad activity. More information can be found on their website.