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John M. Van Buskirk and the rescue of Charles Nalle (1860)

For information about Charles Nalle, a “fugitive slave,” and his rescue in Troy involving Harriet Tubman, see e.g. “Walkabout: The Rescue of Charles Nalle — A Troy Story” by Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris). March 18, 2014. http://www.brownstoner.com/history/walkabout-the-rescue-of-charles-nalle-a-troy-story-part-one/ What follows… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh and Albany’s Rev. Nathaniel Paul (1829)

The African Celebration.—The colored people from Albany, Schenectady, Lansingburgh, Waterford, and other places in the neighborhood, besides some from towns along down the Hudson, assembled in this city on Monday last, to celebrate the second anniversary of the abolition of… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh School District 1 “Colored Department” (1847-1851+)

For a period of time, in compliance with a state law enacted in 1847, there was a “colored department” or “colored school” in School District 1. Here again is a relatively little-explored topic. It seems possible that such a school… Continue Reading →

news of Afro-American Burghers in the New York Freeman (1886-1887)

Below are some excerpts from local news columns in the black-owned New York Freeman (later the New York Age) newspaper of New York City. The below items appeared in the context of news primarily about Troy as the headlines indicate,… Continue Reading →

Alice C. Hall (abt 1847-1938) post-Civil War teacher with New York Branch Freedman’s Union Commission in Maryland

Very litle information was found about the following teachers but they, too, merit further study because they often risked their lives, health and financial well-being to minister to the educational needs of newly free African Americans: […] Alice Hall taught… Continue Reading →

“Colored Methodist Zion Church in Lansingburgh” (1841-1869)

A History of the A. M. E. Zion Church, Lansingburgh, N. Y., from 1841 to 1868 https://archive.org/details/historyofamezion00wrig by Rev. Jacob P. Wright (inexplicably only partially digitally scanned) will inform the reader somewhat about that church (not the same one as… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh & the “Colored Temperance Convention” in Hudson (1843)

COLORED TEMPERANCE CONVENTION ON THE FIFTH OF JULY. In pursuance of a resolution of the Society, the Committee of the Gerrit Smith Temperance Society of the city of Hudson, hereby give notice that a TEMPERANCE CONVENTION. will be held in… Continue Reading →

Civil War veteran Titus M. Gunn (abt 1826-1889) & Norman Rockwell

Titus M. Gunn is one of the African-American Civil War veterans with a headstone in the Lansingburgh Village Burying Ground. His name is on the African-American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC: http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldier_id=f43ab6a3-dc7a-df11-bf36-b8ac6f5d926a One of Titus M. Gunn’s several siblings… Continue Reading →

Jacob P. Wright (abt 1825-1874) of AME Zion Church & the courts

Jacob P. Wright is something of a mystery. Through his self-publishing A History of the A. M. E. Zion Church, Lansingburgh, N. Y., from 1841 to 1868 https://archive.org/details/historyofamezion00wrig it’s possible to know something about him through his own words and… Continue Reading →

Frisby Way (abt 1785-1872) State Convention of Colored Citizens activist & A. M. E. Zion Church of Lansingburgh co-founder

LANSINGBURGH.—Yesterday morning Frisby Way, a colored man aged ninety years, and one of the first settlers of the village, expired after a short illness. Mr. Way has been a hard working and industrious man. Notwithstanding his advanced age he worked… Continue Reading →

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