The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will host Norm Dann who will present a series of eight programs on Abolition, the Underground Railroad, Women’s Rights, and Optimism, titled The Gerrit and Ann Smith Family of Peterboro NY and the Crusade for Human Rights, on Wednesdays beginning August 4th and ending September 22nd. [Read more…] about The Smiths’ Crusade for Human Rights Lecture Series
Gerrit Smith Estate
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will host the 11th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day on Saturday, August 7th, commemorating emancipation from slavery in the 19th century. [Read more…] about 11th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day August 7th
But let us also recall a 200th anniversary linked to the John Brown Farm – a connection that has particular importance this year as we witness a voter suppression spree around our country. Two hundred years ago, that was us – our New York ancestors – enacting explicit rules to keep blacks from voting.
We are now seeing a wave of voter suppression efforts in states controlled by Republican legislators fearful of losing their majority power. Well, guess what? That’s exactly what was going on here in good old New York back in the early 1800s. We New Yorkers apparently were leaders in voter suppression. We even put it into the state constitution! That’s more than the states are doing today. [Read more…] about NY’s Voter Suppression History & John Brown’s Farm
Members of the FreeThemWalk team arrived in Peterboro on Monday, May 31st to tour the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum. The Team started its 900 mile walk in Lynchburg, VA, and plans to finish the walk in Buffalo on June 19th, in time for the Juneteenth Festival.
The FreeThemWalk Team follows many of the Underground Railroad paths of the network that provided aid and safe houses to enslaved peoples heading north to escape slavery in the south. Hundreds of freedom seekers found support and escape in Upstate New York the first half of the 19th Century. [Read more…] about FreeThemWalkers Travel Underground Railroad
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark has announced Reading the Landscape, a guided spring walk on the seven acres of the historic property set for Saturday, May 1st. [Read more…] about Gerrit Smith Estate Landscape Guided Walk Set For May 1st
The 2020 Peterboro Emancipation Day planned for August 1st, 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 7th, 2021 at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark.
The event will begin at 10 at The Barn on the Gerrit Smith Estate. After the morning assembly, songs, announcements, and the annual group photo, a processional to the Peterboro Cemetery will carry wreaths to lay on the grave of a person who was born enslaved, and died free. [Read more…] about Peterboro Emancipation Day Events Postponed to 2021
The Nineteenth Amendment (the right of citizens of the United State to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on May 21, 1919 after its initial introduction in 1878. The Senate passed the Amendment on June 4, 1919. The 36th state needed for ratification did so on August 18, 2020, and the amendment was officially ratified on August 26, 2020. In 1973 Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. [Read more…] about Madison Co Prepares for Women’s Suffrage Centennial
The Tenth Annual Peterboro Emancipation Days have been set for August 3rd, at 9:30 am, at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, 5304 Oxbow Road in Peterboro.
Interior and exterior exhibits will be open including information on black freedom seekers who passed through Peterboro on their way to Canada, who stayed in Peterboro for lifetimes, who lived in Peterboro while working in the abolition movement, who served in the Civil War, and who came for an education at the Manual Labor School. There are also exhibits on the Underground Railroad, Gerrit Smith, and Greene Smith. [Read more…] about Harriet Tubman A Focus in Peterboro August 3rd
A gravestone for Emily Russell Hill is set to be installed at the Upper Lisle Cemetery, Route 26, in the Town of Triangle, Broome County on Sunday, August 4th, at 12:30 pm. Emily Russell was born enslaved in 1828 in Kentucky, the daughter of Samuel and Harriet (Sims) Russell. [Read more…] about Broome County Gravestone Will Honor Freed Slave Emily Russell Hill
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark is set to hold a presentation on three African-American women who escaped slavery on the Underground Railroad: Harriet Powel, Harriet Russell, and Harriet Tubman, on Saturday, August 3rd, beginning at 1:15 pm. This event coincides with the Tenth Annual Peterboro Emancipation Days, being held on August 3rd and 4th. [Read more…] about The Underground Railroad Escape of Harriet Powel