Abolition Walk '23
Blog · October 21, 2023
We’ll trace a portion of the footsteps of the 104 brave souls who escaped an angry mob of anti-abolitionists in Utica in 1835, embarked on an Erie Canal lumber barge to Canastota, and climbed the trail to Peterboro where they formed the New York State Anti-Slavery Society.

Blog · October 21, 2023
The Magical Musical Squad will be singing at the 8:30 opening of the 2023 Abolition Walk, as well joining in song along the walk on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The walk replicates a portion of the October 21, 1835 nine mile walk of abolitionists from “the brink of the canal” in Canastota to Peterboro to form the New York State Antislavery Society. The 2023 Abolition Walk will commence at 122 Canal Street in Canastota at 9:00, walk 2.7 miles to Clockville for a brief reenactment and the...

Blog · August 05, 2023
At 1:30 pm Amy Godine will describe and sign her book, The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier a central member of John Brown Lives, will return to Peterboro to introduce her new book and share updated information on her three decades of research and writing about Black Adirondack history. Research on Gerrit Smith’s gift of 120,000 acres of land to 3,000 black men will be presented on Gerrit Smith’s estate for the 13th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day Saturday,...

13th Annual Emancipation Day Celebration
Blog · August 05, 2023
° Rebecca Converse, Descendant of Capt. Aaron Bliss: owner of the Freedom Sword ° Living History ° Wreath Ceremony ° Cemetery Tour

Blog · June 17, 2023
A 3 day celebration of Juneteenth. Historical presentations, guided tours, and more.

Friday, March 31: Katherine G. Johnson, Mary W. Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan (1960s)
Blog · March 31, 2023
Katherine G. Johnson, Mary W. Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan were three Black women who made significant contributions to the field of mathematics and science at NASA during a time when segregation and discrimination were still widespread. Johnson's calculations were crucial in enabling the first manned spaceflight, and she played a key role in the Apollo 11 moon landing. Jackson became NASA's first Black female engineer and made important contributions to supersonic flight research. Vaughan was...

Thursday, March 30: Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992)
Blog · March 30, 2023
Marsha P. Johnson was a Black transgender woman who played a significant role in the gay rights movement in the United States. Born in New Jersey in 1945, Johnson moved to New York City in the 1960s and became a prominent figure in the city's LGBTQ+ community. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), organizations that aimed to provide support and advocacy for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Johnson was also one of the key...

Wednesday, March 29: Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)
Blog · March 29, 2023
Shirley Chisholm was an American politician and civil rights activist who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. She became the first Black American woman elected to the United States Congress, serving seven terms as the representative for New York's 12th Congressional District from 1969 to 1983. Chisholm was a vocal advocate for women's rights and social justice, and she was known for her pioneering efforts to break down barriers for marginalized communities. She was also the first woman to...

Tuesday, March 28: Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)
Blog · March 28, 2023
Fannie Lou Hamer was a Black civil rights activist who was born in Mississippi in 1917. Despite facing poverty, racism, and discrimination throughout her life, Hamer became an influential leader in the fight for civil rights, particularly in voter registration and desegregation efforts. She was a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and played a significant role in challenging the state's all-white delegation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Hamer also helped...

Monday, March 27: The 6888th Battalion (1945)
Blog · March 27, 2023
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was an all-Black, all-female battalion of the Women's Army Corps that served during World War II. The unit was created to address the backlog of mail to and from American soldiers stationed in Europe, particularly Black American soldiers, who had been waiting months, and sometimes years, to receive letters from their loved ones. The 6888th was tasked with sorting and delivering this mail, a task that required tremendous skill, organization, and...

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