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Black Women’s Activism in Troy, NY before the American Civil War

  • Presented By: New York State Library Location: New York State Library 222 Madison Avenue, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230 Albany, NY 12230
  • Dates: March 18, 2020
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Today histories written about the Underground Railroad and the activism of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth often serve as a source of pride and recognition of the courage and ingenuity of black women in American history. But at the same time, that astonishing “secret” system and those brave women are only a part of a much larger story about black women’s activism in New York state.

    In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Thompson Burns will discuss the rich activist tradition of black women in Troy, NY, who mobilized to uplift the free black community and abolish slavery in America, preceding the American Civil War.

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