The Tenth Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day, set for Saturday, August 3rd, is set to recognize three women of color important to Underground Railroad history in Peterboro, at the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley, Peterboro. [Read more…] about Harriet Russell’s Journey From Slavery to New York
The Tenth Annual Peterboro Emancipation Days, commemorating the 19th century emancipation, has been set for Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 2019. [Read more…] about 10th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Days Set For August
Families, friends, presenters, and supporters of the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark gathered from across the state and country to participate in the 8th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day August 5, 2017 in Peterboro NY.
The sun shone on the outdoor gathering in front of the barn whence carriages drove to carry fugitives to Oswego to cross by boat to Canada. Organizers Jim Corpin, Carrie Martin, and Max Smith, opened the morning session. [Read more…] about A Report From Peterboro Emancipation Day Gathering
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (GSENHL) will be commemorating Emancipation Days Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 with both traditional and new programs.
The event opens at 10 am with free parking and free registration at the Estate, followed by programs similar to those conducted in the 1920s and 1930s by a generation celebrating the emancipation of the generation before them. In 1925, more than 600 black men and women from Central New York made a pilgrimage to Peterboro, home of Gerrit Smith, to pay homage to abolitionists who fought for their freedom. Emancipation Day celebrations grew in later years, drawing crowds of more than 1,000 people, who came from Syracuse, Utica, Ithaca, Binghamton, Oswego and Fulton for parades, picnics and concerts. Although the practice faded after World War II, local descendants of freedom seekers are holding the Peterboro Emancipation Day celebration for the 7th year since its revival in 2010. [Read more…] about 7th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Days August 6-7