The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) will commemorate its 2016 abolition inductees October 21 & 22, 2017 at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY, the site of the inaugural meeting of the New York State Antislavery Society in 1835.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017 Norman K. Dann PhD will guide a tour at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (5304 Oxbow Road, Peterboro NY 13134). At 9:45 Jessica Harney will open the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum and guide guests through the exhibits. Installation of the accessibility lift may be completed by this date.

11:30 am  ABOLITION SYMPOSIA begin at 11:30 am Saturday, October 21 with announcements and introductions followed by a program on each of the four 2017 inductees to the Abolition Hall of Fame:

12:00 REV. JOHN GREGG FEE presented by Alicestyne Turley PhD. Rev. John Gregg Fee (1816-1901), with his church, founded the town of Berea and Berea Institute, which became Berea College in 1859. Berea was the first college in the South devoted to the co-education of men and women, blacks and whites.

1:00 BERIAH GREEN presented by Milton C. Sernett PhD. Professor Sernett will provide an illustrated talk The Odd Couple: Beriah Green and Gerrit Smith. Green was a theologian, educator, reformer, and radical abolitionist who, after 1833, served as President of Oneida Institute in Whitesboro NY.

2:00 ANGELINA GRIMKE presented by Louise Knight. Author Louise Knight will present The Remarkable Transformation: Angelina Grimké’s Journey to Abolition. Grimké (1805-1879), from a wealthy slave-owning Charleston SC family moved north and became an advocate for the immediate end to slavery and for racial equality.

3:00 JAMES W.C. PENNINGTON presented by Christopher L. Webber. James W.C. Pennington (1808-1870) escaped from slavery at age 19, gained an education, was accepted as the first black student at the Yale Divinity School and was accepted for ordination in the Congregational Church. The University of Heidelberg awarded him an honorary doctorate.

5:00   19th C. ANTISLAVERY DINNER served by Deli on the Green in Peterboro is based on a menu inspired by In the Kitchen, an 1875 cookbook written by Elizabeth Smith Miller, the daughter of Peterboro abolitionist Gerrit Smith. Seating is limited. Reservations by October 12, 2017.

7:00 COMMEMORATION CEREMONIES for 2016 INDUCTEES TO THE ABOLITION HALL of FAME. Banner sponsors for each of the 2016 inductees will introduce themselves, describe their relationship to the inductee, and together will unveil the banner that will be installed in the Hall of Fame.


9:00 am TOUR of BERIAH GREEN’S UTICA conducted by ONEIDA COUNTY FREEDOM TRAIL. Jan DeAmicis and Mary Hayes Gordon, Co-Chairs of the Oneida County Freedom Trail, will meet visitors in Utica at 9:00 am on Sunday, October 22 for a driving and walking tour of abolition sites in Utica during Beriah Green’s life. For more information:

12:30 COMMUNITY READ of THE INVENTION of WINGS, and Angelina Grimké. Eight libraries in Madison and Oneida counties and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will host a luncheon culminating a month long CommUNITY Read of Sue Monk Kidd’s popular historical novel The Invention of Wings. Betsy Kennedy, Director of the Cazenovia Public Library, will share information on Kidd and the meaning of the title of the book.

2:00 pm Louise Knight American Sisters: Sarah and Angelina Grimke and the First Fight for Human Rights. Author Louise Knight will share her research for the preparation of her upcoming biography on the Grimké sisters.

This project is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant. The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is chartered by the New York State Education Department, on the Heritage NY Underground Railroad Trail, on the Path through History, on the I LOVE NY LBGT Trail, on the Madison County Freedom Trail, and a founder and primary of the Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State.