Slavery, Antislavery, and the Underground Railroad: A Dutchess County Guide, introduces residents and visitors to the story of slavery and freedom in Dutchess County, New York. It includes a narrative overview of local events and takes readers on a guided tour of fifteen important sites associated with slavery, antislavery, and the Underground Railroad.
The people of the Mid-Hudson counties played unique and significant roles in the history of American slavery and abolitionism. The Hudson Valley made more concentrated use of enslaved agricultural labor than almost any area in the North.
This guidebook is dedicated to uncovering this essential part of our past and bringing it into full public view. The sites covered include the entire county. The Quaker Trail to Freedom, in eastern Dutchess County, includes a historic slave cemetery, Friends' Meeting Houses, and the site of the free African American community of Freemanville. The River Trail to Freedom includes churches, cemeteries, and historic sites stretching from Beacon in the southern part of the county to Rhinebeck in the northern end of the county, including five sites in the City of Poughkeepsie.
The book seeks to examine the impact of this historic grassroots movement on subsequent struggles for racial and social justice.
This guidebook was researched and written by the members of the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project, under the director of Dr. F. Kennon Moody. The MHAHP brings together scholars, independent researchers, educators, civic leaders and interested community persons to conduct research on the history of antislavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley, with special emphasis on the Underground Railroad.
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