Uncovering the History of Slavery and Antislavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley

Since 2006 the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project (MHAHP) has brought together researchers, educators, community leaders, and members of the public to:

  • Conduct and synthesize research on the history of slavery and antislavery in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley
  • Interpret and share this history with a wide array of residents and visitors in our region
  • Place this local history in the broader contexts of racial slavery in the New World, the African American experience, and the legacy of slavery today

Throughout the Hudson Valley, the landscape was shaped by New York’s two centuries of slavery. The region made a more concentrated use of enslaved labor than almost any area in the North. But the region also was a center of abolitionist activity that was often led by local Free Blacks. Across the region are places where people of African descent lived, worked, and sought and won their freedom from slavery, served as conductors on the Underground Railroad, and spoke out for freedom and justice.

Today, the legacies of racial slavery continue to haunt us, yet the history of slavery and its opposition is little-known and often hidden. The Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project is dedicated to uncovering this essential part of our past and bringing it into full public view. An important part of our work is to advance the knowledge and understanding of the role of the Underground Railroad in this history,

MHAHP meets regularly. We welcome your participation! If you are interested in attending our meetings, please contact us at info@mhahp.vassarspaces.net.

News & Views

  • MHAHP is now a partner with the Network to Freedom. Click here for more information.
  • The Oh, Freedom! Quilting Project creates quilts remembering the history of slavery and commemorating antislavery in the Hudson Valley! For more information, contact ohfreedomquilting@gmail.com.
  • Upcoming Talk: Spaces of Danger: Navigating Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley, presented by Walkway Over the Hudson. In the 18th and 19th centuries, African American people in the Mid-Hudson Valley faced enslavement, racism, and other barriers to full participation in the social and political milieus of New York. Mr. Bunten will examine how the Hudson River – both actual and as a metaphor – offers a centerpiece for understanding those barriers and the fight for freedom. The talk will take place at the Walkway East Gate Plaza in Poughkeepsie, from 2:30-3:30 p.m on June 2. This event is free to attend and open to all.

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