Untold Story: The Black Woods of Gerrit Smith

June 13, 2024


Peru Community Church Fellowship Center, 12 Elm Street, Peru

Antiquarian historians were quick to judge reformer Gerrit Smith's Black antebellum Adirondack farm colony a failure, but archival sources, argues Amy Godine, reveal a much more hopeful, nuanced, and enduring story, and a role for Clinton County's antislavery activists, too. A Q&A and signing for Godine's new book, The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier (Cornell) to follow. Amy was the recent recipient of the 2024Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award. This event is co-hosted by the Clinton County Historical Association and the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association.

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