Black History Progams at Adirondack Prison

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In the 1850's, black families came to the Adirondacks to farm.The Adirondack Correctional Facility at Raybrook is hosting a series of special Black History Month programs for inmates that focus on 19th Century stories of African-Americans in the North Country.

“Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” the display put together by John Brown Lives! back in 2001, reveals the story of families that came to the Lake Placid area in the years before the Civil War, to establish farms and gain voting rights.

Don Papson, founding president and curator of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum in Ausable Chasm, is giving a talk on “Abolitionism in the North Country.”

Also, the medium security state prison has been hosting a reading and discussion series on “Making Sense of the Civil War” for inmates.

The NYS Council for the Humanities is supporting these programs with special grants.  Literacy Volunteers is also involved.


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