The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro, Madison County, NY, will open the third day of the Peterboro Freedom Festival: Juneteenth 2023 on Monday, June 19th with ringing of tower bells 19 times in commemoration of June 19th, 1865, when people enslaved in Texas were informed, by arriving United States troops, that they were free. [Read more…] about Juneteenth Freedom Festival in Madison County
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The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will host the Peterboro Freedom Festival: Juneteenth 2023, on Saturday, June 17th. The festival will feature portions of a drama written about the Anti-Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 Convention in Cazenovia by Julia Grella O’Connell by students from the Music and Theater Arts Department at SUNY Broome. [Read more…] about Students Presenting Drama of Fugitive Slave Law Protest
The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) in Peterboro has announced its third Black History Matters series which will be released at midnight each day of February 2023. [Read more…] about Online Black History Matters 2023 Series Launches February 1st
Descendants and sponsors traveled from across New York State, as well as from California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Texas to participate in an abolition symposium and inductions of three abolitionists to the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum. [Read more…] about Abolitionists Inducted to Hall of Fame
The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum Induction Weekend begins on Friday, October 21st at 7 pm with an evening of Welsh music and poetry in honor of Rev. Robert Everett who will be inducted to the Hall of Fame the next day along with Calvin Fairbank and Stephen Myers. [Read more…] about An Evening of Welsh Music and Poetry on Friday
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will host a number of 19th Century Experiences as part of Abolition Induction Weekend, set for October 21st through 23rd. [Read more…] about 19th Century Experiences in Madison County This Weekend
In 1846, a 36-acre parcel of land in the Town of Florence in Oneida County, NY, was deeded by Gerrit Smith to Stephen and Harriet Myers, abolitionists whose home was an Underground Railroad site in Albany. Both Smith and the Myers had a vision of a village where black families could become self-sufficient and escape the limitations and prejudice of city life (Smith had a similar project, Timbuctoo, in the Adirondacks). [Read more…] about A 19th Century Black Farming & Lumber Association
On October 21st, 1835, 600 black and white abolitionists met in Utica, NY to form an antislavery society. Twice the 600 delegates were confronted by an angry mob and thrown out of the Bleeker Street Church. Witnessing the thwarting of the First Amendment, Gerrit Smith invited the delegates to meet the next day in the safety of Peterboro in Madison County, NY. [Read more…] about Abolitionist Freedom Walk
Rev. Robert Everett was a Welsh-American who came to Oneida County, NY in 1823 from Wales. He very quickly became involved in the anti-slavery movement. In 1835, Utica was selected as the site for the first New York State Anti-Slavery Convention.
The meeting was broken up by an angry mob. From Utica Everett was forced to move several times as his church services were often interrupted by people who continued to support slavery. He was physically assaulted while preaching and had his horse injured and home burned down by pro-slavery activists. [Read more…] about Beaten & Burned Out: Welsh Anti-Slavery Hero Robert Everett
Stephen Myers was a Black activist in connection with the Underground Railroad and African American rights in general. He was born and enslaved in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York State and raised when it was a slave state working on progressive abolition. He was the principal agent and a key writer for the Northern Star and Freeman’s Advocate, he was also the editor of The Elevator and The Telegraph and Temperance Journal.
As early as 1831 he was assisting fugitives from enslavement making their way to Canada. He was also active in 1827 with a group of little-known significance called the Clarkson Anti-slavery Society. As time went on he was involved in organizing and serving as a delegate to many of the Colored Men’s Conventions of the 1830s to the 1860s, to secure African American rights. He was involved in voting rights campaigns through the NYS Suffrage Association, was involved in organizing a school, and sued Albany Schools over segregation. [Read more…] about Stephen Myers of Albany: Abolitionist Writer, Advocate & Underground Railroad Activist