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In 2005, New York’s Legislature created an Amistad Commission to review state curriculum regarding the slave trade. All people should know of and remember the human carnage and dehumanizing atrocities committed during the period of the African slave trade and slavery in America and consider the vestiges of slavery in this country. It is vital to educate our citizens on these events, the legacy of slavery, the sad history of racism in this country, and on the principles of human rights and dignity in a civilized society.
From Emancipation to Freedom and Beyond
This year, 2013, is an anniversary year that we have been anticipating for quite some time here at the Amistad Commission. The anniversaries of key moments from the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement coincide to represent important steps in our nation’s reckoning with slavery and racism. More »
Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Martin Luther King Day“Today, we honor the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. – a man who devoted his life to ending discrimination in this country and creating a more just society. He believed in the inherent and fundamental equality of all people – that every man, woman and child should be treated fairly no matter the color of their skin.
Here in New York, Dr. King’s teachings have continued to guide social progress and reminds us that there is still more that must be done to make our communities safer and fairer for all. We have a civil rights crisis today in this state where 16- and 17-year-olds are still tried as adults. Changing this practice has to be a priority in the legislative session. We still have inequality in our schools where the only pieces of technology in some are metal detectors. This year, I am proposing an education bond to fund the latest technology in our classrooms because all of our students deserve it.
I join with all New Yorkers in remembering the life of this great leader, not only today but every day.”
For Young Readers:
A Free Woman On God's Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom
By Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes
A Free Woman On God's Earth is a juvenile biography for ages 8 and up containing over 40 illustrations. It is the story of Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, the enslaved African woman who had the courage and conviction to speak what was in her heart, suing for her freedom in a Massachusetts court of law. In gaining her own freedom, she set the stage for the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts in 1783. An engaging history that fulfils the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for third, fourth and fifth grades in the categories of Local Biography, Local History, Revolutionary War Heroes.
Abolitionist Brooklyn -
Pursuit of Freedom at the Brooklyn Historical Society
Learn more about African-American History Month Exhibits during the month of February:
The Amistad Commission and New York Department of State Celebrate African-American History Month (doc)
Address to the New York State Civil War Commission:
Civil War Soldier. J. Oldershaw, photographer, 1864.
Photograph print on carte-de-visite. Beinecke Library, Yale University.
For Young Readers:
As featured in the motion picture film of the same name.
The original adult version of same title was written by
Solomon Northup, a free African American and native of
Saratoga, New York.
The Tuskegee Airmen, one of the exhibits
honoring the African-American impact
in World War II at the Wings of Eagles
The 13th Annual Underground Railroad Public History Conference Organized by Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. – April 11-13, 2014 at Russell Sage College, Troy, NY
In 2014 Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region has chosen to focus on the role of slavery as the impetus for the Underground Railroad movement, and to investigate the legacy of slavery against which the Underground Railroad movement is interpreted and made relevant for us today. The enslavement of African descended people in the Americas, and the United States in particular, has contributed to the historical and cultural setting in which we find ourselves.
We invite proposals that address reinterpretations, teaching, new research, and other ways that illustrate, address and celebrate the story historically and contemporarily. Also welcomed are proposals related to the Underground Railroad Movement, enslavement, or emancipation in the United States, and the relevance for us today.
For more information: http://undergroundrailroadhistory.org/category/annual-conference/
Abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and the Struggle for Freedom in New York
Sunday, September 22, 2013 1-2:30 PM. New York State Museum
|Sanford Robinson Gifford on National Guard Duty for the Union||A poster announcing a speech by Civil Rights Leader and Founder of the National Council of Negro Women Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune|
|Brady Harper’s Ferry||Unidentified African-American from the Civil War|
|Liberty Street Presbyterian Church / Rev. Henry Highland Garnet|
Rev. Henry Highland Garnet was an important figure in the abolitionist movement. Henry Highland Garnet was born into slavery in Maryland in 1815. When his master dies in 1824, his family escaped from slavery and ends up in New York City in 1826. In 1840, Garnet travels to Troy to become a teacher in a school for African-American children. In 1842, Garnet was ordained by the Troy Presbytery and he becomes the first minister of the Liberty Street Presbyterian Church, an African-American congregation.
After this, Rev. Garnet becomes active in the anti-slavery movement. He was involved with the American Anti-Slavery society. He published and distributed a small paper The Clarion, whose objective was "to aid the Negro in all aspects of his emancipation." With William G. Allen, also of Troy, he produced the periodical The National Watchman. Unfortunately, no copies of The Clarion exist.
|A.M.E. Zion Church Board & Trustees / Draft Riot Proclamation / A.M.E. Zion Church|
RCHS has a letter from Mr. Charles Gidney, in the group photograph, to the Mayor describing the horrors of the draft riots that occurred in Troy.
Courtesy of the Buffalo State University
An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Sunday, September 22, 2013
For more information: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/exhibits/special/CivilWar.cfm
I Shall Think of You Often: The Civil War Story of Doctor and Mary Tarbell
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - Sunday, September 22, 2013
For more information: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/exhibits/special/tarbell.cfm
MORE EXHIBITS AT NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM:
Black Capital: Harlem in the 20s – http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/exhibits/longterm/harlem.html
The Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project (MHAHP) is a non-profit group created in 2006 to bring together researchers, educators, community leaders, and members of the public to:
Read more at: www.mhantislaveryhistoryproject.org
Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles; it engages in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevance to modern society. Find out more at: www.UndergroundRailroadHistory.org