The Underground Railroad Education Center is set to continue it’s LibertyCon 2021 Zoom Series on April 24th, from 3 to 4:30 pm, with Debbie-Ann Paige, MA, and Staten Island’s Freedom Struggles and the Underground Railroad.
Staten Island, one of New York City’s five boroughs, has a rich African American history. In her research, Paige has uncovered significant documentation that has brought this history to light. Weaving historical information with stories collected from first person accounts told by people who came to Staten Island from other places, Paige will examine what they were willing to do to stay, how they accomplished their desires, and how this information is related with us today.
Debbie-Ann Paige, MA, Adjunct Lecturer, City University of NY College of Staten Island, and Genealogist and founder of Paige One Assist, is a public historian specializing in local African American history, a co-president of the newly chartered Richard B. Dickenson Staten Island Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and professional genealogist. She has worked on numerous local history projects including: In Pursuit of Freedom with the Brooklyn Historical Society; From Farm to City with the Staten Island Museum; the designation of the Louis Napoleon House as a site to freedom with the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network on behalf of the Sandy Ground Historical Society, and the recent City Council street renaming ofthe corner of Fairview Avenue and Knox Place as “Samuel A. Browne Way” in the Castleton Hill section of Staten Island. Debbie-Ann has appeared as a historical interpreter on the Emmy winning show Secrets of New York, and is working closely with Frederick Douglass Memorial Park to transcribe their historical records. She facilitates public history forums throughout Staten Island focused on the historical perspectives of race relations and lectures as an adjunct at the College of Staten Island.
Upcoming LibertyCon 2021 presentations include Documenting Racially Restrictive Covenants in Washington DC: A Primer on May 22nd African Americans Fighting White Supremacy in the Wake of the Tulsa Massacre on June 26th; Racist Violence is as American as Cherry Pie on July 24th; Food Justice: Hunger, Child Poverty and Farming while Black on August 21st; Destined to engage and collaborate: Examining the Social/Political Dynamics of Native Americans and African Americans in the United States on September 25th; Building Community through Free Black Migration before the Civil War on October 23rd; and Native American Lives Matter on November 27th.