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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 »
GOVERNOR CUOMO ISSUES STATEMENT ON 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON
“The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, is a moment to reflect as a state and as a nation on the progress that we have made towards achieving equality and opportunityfor all. New York has always been a beacon of equal rights as the birthplace of so many progressive organizations and social movements such as the NAACP, the women’s rights movement, the environmental movement, the labor movement, and the gay rights movement. As Governor, I will continue to prioritize creating social and economic equality for all residents in our state to maintain New York’s place as the progressive capital of the country. And while today is a day to celebrate our progress, it is also an opportunity to reflect upon the work that still needs to be done to truly realize Dr. King's dream and to make our state and country a fairer and more just place for all.”
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