The third annual Potsdam community-wide Juneteenth Celebration, celebrating the culture of African-Americans and providing a space for Black voices to be honored, is set for Saturday, June 18th, at the Ives Park Gazebo. [Read more…] about Juneteenth Celebration in Potsdam Saturday
Clinton and Essex counties were a center of the roiling abolition controversies before the Civil War, helping many freedom-seekers fleeing enslavement follow the Lake Champlain corridor to Canada in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s.
A first-ever North Country Juneteenth celebration of the region’s role in the fight against slavery will highlight Underground Railroad work in the area, as well as prominent anti-slavery Quakers and abolitionist John Brown. [Read more…] about North Country ‘Colors of Freedom Tour’ to Celebrate Juneteenth
Genesee Country Village & Museum will host a celebration of Juneteenth, featuring stores of Black Americans in Western NY in the years following emancipation and the abolition of slavery in the United States on Saturday, June 18th. [Read more…] about Juneteenth at Genesee Country Village & Museum
The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) and the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (GSENHL) in Peterboro, Madison County, NY will present a number programs during the upcoming Juneteenth Weekend. [Read more…] about Juneteenth Weekend Events in Madison County, NY
The Oneida County History Center and For the Good Inc. will host a community photo identification, and documentation event on Friday, June 17th, to commemorate Juneteenth and encourage the preservation of Black History in Oneida County. [Read more…] about Oneida County Black History Photo ID & Documentation Event
The Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association, the Thomas Paine National Historical Association, and the Thomas Paine Memorial Association have announced the 2022 Thomas Paine Festival, honoring the legacy of one of America’s most iconic founding fathers, has been set for June 16th through 18th in New Rochelle, Westchester County, NY. [Read more…] about Thomas Paine Festival Set For New Rochelle June 16-18
Thirty-five years before the battles of Lexington and Concord, the British colonies in North America raised a regiment to serve in the British Army for an expedition to seize control of the Spanish West Indies.
Colonial volunteers, 4,000 strong, joined 9,000 British soldiers and 15,000 British sailors in a bold amphibious campaign against the key port of Cartagena de Indias. The expedition marked the first time American soldiers deployed overseas.
The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the new film Songs of Slavery and Emancipation will debut at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road in Peterboro, Madison County, NY and at 320 West 37th Street in Manhattan on Saturday, June 18th. [Read more…] about Slavery and Emancipation Film Screening for Juneteenth Weekend
While phrenology often merits only a footnote in modern examinations of social and medical history, it played an important role in how people regarded themselves and others during the formative years of the 1840s.
Influencing topics as varied as courtship, employment, criminal justice, abolition, medicine, and suffrage, phrenology was intertwined throughout the everyday lives of many. [Read more…] about Phrenology in New York State: Manifestations of the Mind
Decades before she took her fabled name, abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth was born enslaved in Ulster County, NY under the name Isabella. It was as Isabella that the young Truth took action to secure the return of her five-year son Peter, who had been illegally sold to in plantation in Alabama.
With the help of local attorneys, Isabella filed a Habeas Corpus Petition in the Ulster County Courthouse in March of 1828. And it was this Isabella that prevailed on that Petition for her son’s freedom, marking the first time in American history that a Black woman sued a white man – and won. (You can read about that here). [Read more…] about Sojourner Truth Documents Going On View In Kingston