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
Before and during the American Civil War, probably between 1851 and 1863, 227 Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn was the home of prominent abolitionists Thomas and Harriet Truesdell. The block is officially known as Abolitionist Place.
Harriet was on the organizing committee of the 1838 Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women. Thomas was a founding member of the Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Society. They were colleagues and friends of well-known abolitionists Lewis Tappan and William Lloyd Garrison. Historians and community activists believe the Truesdell home was probably a stop on the Underground Railroad where freedom seekers escaping from slavery sojourned in relative safety during their trip further north or to Canada, but they have been unable to come up with documented proof. Now the building faces imminent demolition unless enough public support is generated to preserve it. [Read more…] about Advocates Fight to Preserve Brooklyn Abolitionist Site
Network to Freedom’s annual Underground Railroad training has been set for September 11-14th, in Niagara falls.
Organizers are looking for presentations for this training. The theme for this training is “Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground Railroad Past to the Present.” The Program Committee welcomes proposals for case study presentations. [Read more…] about Underground Railroad Training Planned for Niagara
The Adirondack History Museum has announced their annual Historian’s Day event has been set for Friday, October 12th, from 10 am to 2 pm. This years theme is “Researching Diversity in the Adirondacks” and will feature three guest presenters. [Read more…] about Adirondack Diversity Research Focus of Historians Day
Activist, historian, author, and Utica native Deirdre Sinnott is set to present “Underground Railroad: The 1836 Escape, Arrest, and Rescue in Utica of George and Harry Bird” on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm at the Oneida County Historical Society.
The presentation is the culmination of extensive research by Sinnott and local Oneida County historians to demystify the 180-year-old story of two enslaved men who were encouraged by their dying mistress to run from their home in Woodstock, VA and find the path from slavery to freedom. [Read more…] about An 1836 Utica Fugitive Slave Escape and Rescue
The North Star Underground Railroad Museum has announced the return of its popular mini-bus tours of antislavery and underground railroad sites in Keeseville and Peru.
New this year, photo albums will help passengers follow the narrative, new information has been added on the Episcopal and Wesleyan Churches, and passengers can hear the recently discovered story of a man who escaped from Baltimore, Maryland, and reached Canada via Albany, Saratoga, Warren, Essex and Clinton Counties. [Read more…] about Clinton Co Underground RR, Antislavery Site Tours Set
A Historic Palmyra Underground Railroad event has been set for April 19th, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William St., Palmyra, Wayne County, NY. [Read more…] about Historic Palmyra Underground Railroad Event
The 17th Annual Underground Railroad Public History Convention is set for March 9-11, 2018, at the Cultural Education Center and Albany Capital Center and The Visitors Center of Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Convention will include workshops, round tables, exhibits, vendors, art exhibitions and raffles. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in period attire. [Read more…] about Underground RR Conference Set For Albany Mar 9-11
Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and Son of the Slave Trade with Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf will be held on Friday, March 9th at 7 pm.
Morgan and DeWolf will answer the question “What is the legacy of the institution of slavery?” and offer hope that reconciliation and healing are possible in a nation rife with conflict, division, and racism. [Read more…] about Albany Discussion On Slavery March 9th
On Thursday, July 27 from 8 am to 2 pm, the Myers House in Albany will host an Archaeology Open House.
A six-week archaeological field school is now exploring the backyards of the Myers house, Thomas Elkins residence, and Ten Broeck Mansion in search of clues about the lives of African Americans who helped establish the Arbor Hill community during the early 19th century and the role of prominent community leaders in the struggle for justice and freedom.
Stephen and Harriet Myers were instrumental in the success of the Underground Railroad during the mid-nineteenth century. Today, their former residence is preserved as a significant historic site in Albany and a cornerstone of African American heritage in the Arbor Hill neighborhood. [Read more…] about UGRR Archaeology Open House At The Myers House