History & Archives Lecture–“African American History in Schenectady: The Lost Century”

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February 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Niskayuna Reformed Church History & Archives Committee hosts

African American History in Schenectady:

The Lost Century

Tuesday, February 7, 2023      7:00 – 8:15 pm

Meet inside the sanctuary of Niskayuna Reformed Church

3041 Troy-Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY

 Guest speaker Michael Diana, Historian and Director of Education

of the Schenectady County Historical Society

Program:  What does “freedom” look like when you are still a second-class citizen?

This presentation is both an introduction to black history in Schenectady and an attempt to answer that question.  We begin with the difficult realities of slavery in our city’s Colonial past.  From there, we will follow the gradual process of emancipation and the difficulties newly freed Schenectadians faced.  We’ll see the many ways in which Schenectady’s black population largely disappeared throughout the course of the 19th century.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated in support of the mission of NRC’s History & Archives committee to promote awareness of the rich history of Niskayuna Reformed Church and to preserve historical records and artifacts for the congregation, community and future generations.

For those unable to attend in person, you can watch it on the livestream:

Click on the following link:    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCN9mpR7_X8LYV3oaUrrEGA/live





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