Presented by the African American Archive of Columbia County, in partnership with the Columbia County Historical Society

Presented by Dr. Myra Armstead

Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 3 p.m.​ 

This free lecture in person at Hudson Area Library and online via Zoom

Register here

Dr. Myra Armstead is Vice President for Academic Inclusive Excellence and Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies; and author of Freedom’s Gardener: Horticulture and the Hudson Valley in Ante-bellum America and Mighty ChangeTall Within: Black Identity in the Hudson Valley; and “Lord, Please Don’t Take Me in August”: African Americans in Newport and Saratoga Springs.

This talk will explore:

  • How enslaved people were employed/utilized in the Hudson Valley and Columbia County
  • Manumission — how and when it occurred, and the effect of rolling manumission on the movement of freed people
  • Location/relocation of freed people in Columbia County
  • Employment of half-free and freed persons in the region
  • Examples of property holdings, accumulated and inherited wealth in Columbia County
  • Black identity in the Hudson Valley

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