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#EveryMonthBlackHistoryMonth: 22nd Annual Albany History Fair’s Virtual Programs, May 2021 published April 29, 2021

Uncovering Dinah’s World 
May 4th, 5 PM

Livestreamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historiccherryhill
Historic Cherry Hill’s Education Coordinator will bring you into the sleeping quarters of Dinah Jackson, a woman who was enslaved and worked as a cook at Cherry Hill at the time of the site’s infamous 1827 murder.  Dinah is probably best known for becoming a star witness in the trial of Jesse Strang just weeks after receiving her freedom.  But what was her life like? Shawna will share documents related to slavery from Cherry Hill’s collections and take a close look at Dinah’s room in order to reconstruct what we can of Dinah’s experience.

Prince’s Petition: Telling the Stories Found Between the Lines
May 6, 11 AM
A Zoom Meeting Livestreamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historiccherryhill
Details of the lives of enslaved individuals can be difficult to piece together, and it is often necessary to read between the lines to find their stories.  Join Cordell Reaves, Historic Preservation Program Analyst at NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and Ian Mumpton, Historic Site Assistant at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, as they talk about the ongoing process of discovering and interpreting the story of Prince, a man enslaved by the Schuyler family in 18th-century Albany.

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People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice: The Underground Railroad
May 11, 11 AM
A Zoom Meeting Livestreamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historiccherryhill
Paul and Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad Education Center will discuss the myths versus the truth of the Underground Railroad and explore the institution’s legacy today.

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Free People of Color: African American Experiences in 19th-Century Albany
May 13, 11 AM
A Zoom Meeting Livestreamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historiccherryhill
Moderated by Dr. Kori Graves, Associate Professor of History at the University at Albany, this three-part presentation will shed light on the varying experiences of free people of color in an emerging community in 19th-century Albany.  

Kathryn Kosto, Executive Director of Albany County Historical Association will present on Roseanna Vosburgh who was born into slavery and emerged as a philanthropist and supporter of her community while working for the Olcotts at Ten Broeck Mansion.

Shawna Reilly, Education Coordinator at Historic Cherry Hill, will introduce the Knapp family, four African American siblings raised as wards and servants in Van Rensselaer households. The Knapps left an impressive collection of personal letters and belongings at Cherry Hill that tell the story of their struggles for autonomy and their strong ties of kinship.

Dr. Kori Graves will share her research on C. Mary Williams and her family, African Americans living in Albany from the early 1800s to the end of the century.

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Check Back for More Virtual Events Later in May!