Of these five victims, evidence points to Crispus Attucks falling first, and of all the victims, Crispus Attucks is the name we can recall. Why is that? [Read more…] about Crispus Attucks: The First Martyr of Liberty
African American History
In his 1891 memoir, Rev. W.W. Crane recalled growing up in the town of Nelson, on a farm three miles east of the village of Cazenovia, New York. He attended school at Jackson’s Corners, a half-mile east, where he “fell in” with an African American boy he called “black Jerry.”
Crane remembered Jerry, “though very meek and innocent, was so taunted, on account of his color, that he went to the brook and tried to wash off the black, and while his tears fell like rain drops on the water, he pushed his hand to the bottom and brought the sand and tried to scour off the black.” The two became intimate friends, and Crane learned that Jerry’s father had a been a soldier in the Revolutionary War and General George Washington’s cook. [Read more…] about Plymouth Freeman: American Revolution Veteran, Former Slave
The Clinton County Historical Association has announced “Northern Slavery: Part of the American Story,” a lecture looking at slavery in New York, has been set for Thursday, February 21, at 6:30 pm.
Slavery is not just a southern story. In fact, New York was the epicenter of slavery in the early colonial world. From Boston to Plattsburgh, and up and down the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys, enslaved persons were an important part of the labor market and helped build wealth in the society. The first American slave code was written in Massachusetts. [Read more…] about Northern Slavery: Part of the American Story
How did the Atlantic World bring so many different peoples and cultures together? How did this large intermixing of peoples and cultures impact the development of colonial America?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History Kevin Dawson, an Associate Professor of History at the University of California-Merced and author of Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), joins us to explore answers to these questions with an investigation of the African Diaspora and African and African American aquatic culture. [Read more…] about Aquatic Culture in Early America
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum have announced their scheduled 2019 Black History events.
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was proposed on January 31, 1865 and ratified on December 6, 1865. The long-sought abolition of slavery is among the shortest worded amendments. It states in the first sentence of the first section: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States. [Read more…] about Peterboro Heritage’s 2019 Black History Events
A new book by independent researcher and author Marjory Allen Perez, Freedom, A Shared Sacrifice! tells the stories of Western New York’s African American Civil War soldiers and their families.
Freedom, A Shared Sacrifice! focuses on soldiers from Western New York who joined black regiments between 1863 and 1865. Beginning with the men who traveled from New York in the spring of 1863 to enlist in the 54th Massachusetts, subjects of the movie Glory, the author documents the history of black regiments raised in the North, as well the soldiers who took part in the epic battle to save the Union and end slavery. [Read more…] about New Book Highlights African American Civil War Service
Local historian and author Anthony Gero is set to present a lecture about African American soldiers on Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm in the Carriage House Theater at the Cayuga Museum.
In this presentation, Gero will offer a vision of these soldiers’ legacies from 1750 through the First World War, featuring the role of African Americans from Cayuga County.
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park is set to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th.
In the midst of The Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared all enslaved persons in most Southern States freed effective January 1, 1863 with The Emancipation Proclamation. Planters and other enslavers migrated to Texas to escape the fighting, subsequently greatly increasing the enslaved population there prior to the end of the Civil War. The enslaved people of Texas, most of whom were geographically isolated, were read the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865. The celebration that ensued has been known thereafter as Juneteenth. [Read more…] about Women’s Rights National Park Marking Juneteenth
The Oneida County History Center has announced “African Americans in Times of War,” a program celebrating Black History Month, is set for Saturday, February 3rd from 1 to 3 pm.
The Oneida County History Center will join the Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP to celebrate and honor African American Veterans. Guest Speakers will include Ms. Pauline Bright, Mr. John Harrison, and Mr. Edward Jackson all of Utica, and Mr. Herbert Thorpe of Rome. These individuals will present a brief summary of their experiences in the military and its relationship to the theme “African Americans in Times of War. In addition, there will be a tribute to African American Veterans, performances, and light refreshments. [Read more…] about African Americans in Times of War, Utica Feb 3rd
On Saturday, April 29, twelve community-based organizations will host a day-long forum titled “Harlem and the Future: Preserving Culture and Sustaining History in a Changing Environment” (“Harlem and the Future”) that will discuss the changes, the best practices, and the imminent challenges that are affecting Harlem’s social fabric, built environment, and cultural heritage. Harlem’s first historic preservation conference comes at a time of change to this iconic neighborhood.
The conference will begin at 9 am at the City College of New York Spitzer School of Architecture (141 Convent Avenue at 135th Street) and will last until 5 pm with a series of events staged throughout the day. [Read more…] about Harlem Preservation Conference April 29th