I don't generally do this, but since I don't have much new to share, I thought I would re-blog a couple of items that might be of interest due to our Underground Railroad connection here in Easton/Greenwich. I hope to be back on track when my office is finally moved next week.
Olivia Twine writes, "[t]he unveiling of the Sojourner Truth statue in the town of Esopus, NY
where the abolitionist preacher was held a slave as a child, was a
remarkable experience. I’ve lived in the Hudson Valley County of Ulster
all my life and have never witnessed the 'owning' of the shameful past
of slavery before. Truth’s statue in the Esopus hamlet of Port Ewen
represents the only statue in the world of a child slave at work,
according to Ulster County Historian Anne Gordon.
Although Truth was well known in her time, her status as an emblem of
northern slavery is coming to light on a broad scale. That the people of
Port Ewen honor a former slave who left Ulster County and never looked
back, that children run their hands over her bronzed back to feel the
welts of the beatings she endured here, that the town supervisor proudly
describes her as 'a child of Esopus,' suggests that we as a people are
ready to move to the healing phase of a sordid aspect of our history..." Read more here.
"On November 8 and 9, 2013, Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY will
host Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground, a two-day symposium
marking the centennial of the death of Harriet Tubman in 1913..." Continued here...