The newly incorporated Cazenovia Heritage organization has announced its plans for A Remembrance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law Cazenovia Convention to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Cummings Theatre, 18 Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia NY 13035. Retired Madison County Judge Hugh C. Humphreys returns to Cazenovia to share his research for his 1994 publication “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!” The Great Fugitive Slave Law Convention and its Rare Daguerreotype, of which the Madison County Historical Society has ordered new printings for the August occasion.
Humphreys will describe the discovery of the now famous image of the abolition meeting at 9 Sullivan Street in Cazenovia on August 21 and 22, 1850. The discovery of the daguerreotype at the Madison County Historical Society put Humphreys on the trail of the picture and the history that it represents for our country. Using his PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the national situation which caused Gerrit Smith and Frederick Douglass to organize the Cazenovia meeting, Humphreys will also explain his travels to gather the sources of information.
The Cazenovia College Cummings Theatre location was the site of the Free Congregational Church of Cazenovia which was incorporated in 1833. The site was placed on the Madison County Freedom Trail in 2006 due to the anti-slavery activities of the church including the initial site for the convention. The church burned in 1895. Guided tours of sites involved in the convention will be conducted following Humphreys’ presentation.
For more information: Cazenovia Heritage,
The August 21 event has been arranged in collaboration with the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134, Nahofm1835@gmail.com, www.NationalAbolitionHallofFameandMuseum.org