All we know for certain about Frank Johnson’s birthdate is that it preceded the passage of the 1799 Gradual Emancipation Act, thereby making him a “slave for life,” as he was called by the man who owned him according to the law. That man, Alexander Bryan Johnson, born in England in 1786, followed his father to Utica, New York arriving in 1801. There he became an important man, involved with the merchandising business, banking, writing, and gaining recognition as a public intellectual. There is still a park named after him in Utica. [Read more…] about Frank Johnson’s Story: An Enslaved Man’s Experiences
About Deirdre Sinnott
Deirdre Sinnott is a member of the Oneida County Freedom Trail Commission and a historical consultant on the Ft. Stanwix Underground Railroad Project — funded by the National Parks Service. She has written and spoken about Oneida County’s tumultuous history of slavery and abolition for a decade. Her novel, The Third Mrs. Galway, set in Utica in 1835 will be released in 2021.