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Lecture: "The Underground Railroad: A New Approach"
"The Underground Railroad: A New Approach to Interpretation"
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Wooden Boat School Classroom
$5/person | HRMM members FREE
Paul and Mary Liz Stewart have been exploring the Underground Railroad for the past 20 years and their journey has included scores of walking tours, 18 years of organizing underground railroad conferences, and restoring a UGRR site. Their award winning work has been featured on radio, TV and national publications. They will tell the story of the UGRR through 8 principals they developed through their work which they feel tells a different story than the version usually told. Their version is document based and shows a connection to present day events. They will use powerpoint slides showing documents, photographs and people related to the story.
Mary Liz and Paul Stewart are independent scholars and co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., a public history organization dedicated to the research, celebration and preservation of documented Underground Railroad history and its relevance for today, with an emphasis on African American abolitionists and freedom seekers. They have been appointed Scholars-in-Residence at Russell Sage College. Together they have been awarded the Sense of Place Award from the City of Albany, the Black History Month Service and Leadership Award from the NYS Department of Health Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, and the Underground Railroad Free Press Prize for Preservation for their restoration work on the historic Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence. They have organized numerous workshops, walking tours, and conferences on Underground Railroad history and its relationship with us today.
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