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[NY] Schenectady's African-American history
Celebration of Schenectady's African-American history Saturday
There are 7,500 books, thousands of historic photographs and 250 cubic feet of archival material in the library at the Schenectady County Historical Society and only a small handful of items pertain to the city's African-American community.
That omission of history will be corrected on Saturday with a daylong celebration titled "Profiles of African-Americans in Schenectady" that will include historical re-enactments, a walking tour, lecture and display of artifacts.
"That part of our history was overlooked for a long time. We focused so much on the Dutch and English roots and did very little on African-American history," said Michael Maloney, librarian and archivist with the Schenectady Historical Society's Grems-Doolittle Library, behind the historic home and museum on Washington Avenue in the city's Stockade neighborhood.
There will be three performances by re-enactors who will portray prominent black residents in Schenectady's history.
Donald Hyman will play Anthony Allen, a slave who lived in Schenectady and escaped his owner in the early 1800s when he was in his 20s. He fled to Boston and ended up sailing around the world and settled in Hawaii, where he and created a resort for missionaries and sailors and a hospital for injured slaves.
Librarian and archivist Michael Maloney of the Schenectady County Historical Society looks over old photos from the black baseball team, the Mohawk Giants in the Society's Grems-Doolittle Library Thursday Sept. ... more
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