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Schenectady Living History: 19th Century African Americans

August 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating Schenectady’s African American history! This program will feature living history performances highlighting three individuals who rose from the shackles and oppression of slavery to positions of prominence: Anthony Allen, Julia Foote, and Moses Viney. The event will also include performances by from the Duryee AME Zion Church Choir.

–Anthony Allen: The Journey from Slavery in Schenectady to Entrepreneur in Hawaii by Donald Hyman
–Julia Foote: A Brand Plucked from the Fire by Amelia Paul
–Moses Viney by Walter Simpkins

This event is part of the Schenectady African American Historical Records Project, a collaborative community archives project focused on working with community record creators and memory keepers, preserving historical materials created by African Americans, and supporting education and research on local Black history. This project is supported in part by funding from Schenectady County and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This event will be held outside on the SCHS lawn and parking lot, weather permitting. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public

For more information, contact Marietta Carr, Librarian/Archivist at the Schenectady County Historical Society: 518-374-0263 x3 or


Museum & Library
August 17
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm