Relatives and friends from several states and countries gathered in Peterboro October 19 and 20 at the site of the 1835 inaugural meeting of the New York State Antislavery Society to participate in the inductions ceremonies of four abolitionists to the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF).
Ary J. Lamme III, who nominated Elijah Parish Lovejoy, was joined by second-nominators Sandra Lamme (Gainesville FL), Paul Lovejoy (Toronto ON), Lovejoy descendent, and Neilson Bezerra (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
Those who gathered for Brookfield NY’s own Myrtilla Miner were Christopher Anglim from the University of the District of Columbia, who nominated Miner, Denise Roe (Madison County NY) author of a Miner article in NYS Archives magazine, Charles Lenhart (Hilton NY) Underground Railroad researcher, Virginia Keith (Waterville NY) President, Brookfield Historical Society, Judith Brown (Hamilton NY) NAHOF Secretary, and Michele Henry (Chittenango NY) Chair, Madison County Freedom Trail Commission.
John McKivigan (Indianapolis IN) nominator of John Rankin was joined by Elizabeth Rankin Fulcher (Brooklyn, NY) for the public nominations. Alvin Oickle (Ormond Beach, FL), who wrote the nomination for Jonathan Walker, was unable to attend due to health, so John Hoh and son Matthew (North Prairie WI) presented the nomination with second-nominations provided by Bill Ketchum (San Diego CA) great, great grandson of Walker, Joan Reamer (Portland OR) great, great grand-daughter of Walker, Robert Walker (Madison WI) great, great grandson of Walker. Joining were representatives of past inductees: Lynne McKinney Lydick (Worcester MA) a.k.a. Abby Kelley Foster (2011 inductee) and John Brown’s great, great, great grand-daughter Alice Keesey Mecoy (TX).
The inductions ceremony followed a 19th century Antislavery dinner catered by the Copper Turret, and included musical selections directed by Hugh C. Humphreys (Hamilton NY) and performed by the Lingo Family Singers (Morrisville NY) and Max Alden Smith (Oneida NY).
The program was supported by the New York Council on the Arts and the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by the CNY Arts.