The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) recently received a $2,671 grant from the Madison County Rural Poverty Fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. The grant will be used to support the Anti-Racism Collaboration in Madison County which will provide information for the public to increase personal understanding of systemic racism, to self-identify anti-racism social behaviors, and to select positive action to change the social environment. 


During the summer of 2021, NAHOF will continue to meet with local anti-racism organizations to plan a program for the public on Saturday, October 23, 2021, that will include introductions of anti-racism groups in Madison County, state and national anti-racism programs and resources, a panel of Growing Up Black in Madison County, an opening demonstration of four new interactive exhibits in the Abolition Museum, Power of the Pen Campaigns and an announcement of a Madison County 2022 teen abolitionist award to be selected from public nominations.


Dorothy Willsey, President of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum Cabinet of Freedom (governing board), expressed gratitude to the Community Foundation for its response to the efforts of NAHOF. “This is not the first time that CNYCF has assisted in supporting the development endeavors of NAHOF. This funding will help NAHOF help others in Madison County to appreciate social diversity.”


The grant was provided through the Community Foundation’s Community Grant program, which funds innovative projects in Onondaga and Madison counties that focus on the areas of arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services and the environment.

Chartered by the Board of Regents, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum honors antislavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery, and the legacy of that struggle, and strives to complete the second and ongoing abolition – the moral conviction to end racism. NAHOF is located at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134. Nahofm1835@gmail.com www.nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org   


The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity established in 1927 that collects contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to local charities to help them thrive. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of nearly $260 million and has invested more than $200 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time.

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