Syracuse Underground Railroad King Inducted into Abolition Hall of Fame
Born into slavery in Tennessee two hundred years ago February 5, 2013, Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen will be inducted into the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro at commemoration ceremonies to be held at Colgate University on Saturday, October 20, 2012. In October 2011, historians and affiliates gathered to nominate Loguen, and this year will gather for programs to honor Loguen and to unveil his inductee banner for The Hall.
“Jarm” Loguen stole his owner’s horse in 1834 and escaped from slavery to Canada. In 1837 he went to Rochester and worked as a hotel waiter. While he attended Beriah Green’s Oneida Institute in Whitesboro, Loguen started a Sunday school for African American children in Utica. Loguen and Caroline Storum of Busti NY were married in 1840 and moved to Syracuse where Loguen taught school and became a licensed preacher of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and served congregations in Syracuse, Bath, Ithaca, and Troy. After assisting the Rev. Samuel J. May, a Unitarian clergyman, with Underground Railroad work, the Loguen home at the intersection of Pine and Genesee Streets in Syracuse became a principal depot on the network to freedom. Loguen was involved in the Jerry Rescue in Syracuse October 1, 1851. In 1868 Loguen became a bishop of the AMEZ church. His mission plans were halted in 1872 by tuberculosis of which he died September 20. Loguen is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. The Loguens had six children. Their daughter Amelia married Lewis Douglass, son of Frederick Douglass.
Robert Djed Snead will present The Search for the Real Life of J.W. Loguen at the Colgate University Upstate Institute Abolition Symposia at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. Recently retired Robert Djed Snead is a member of Akwaaba: the Heritage Associates, an affiliation of Nazareth College in Rochester. In his preparations to portray Jermain Wesley Loguen, Snead researched Loguen for many years and at many sites. Snead will share this information calling on the audience to consider the dangers that Loguen, and his family, faced for decades – and the principle that Loguen maintained in refusing to pay for his freedom from slavery.
At 7 p.m. Saturday during the commemoration ceremonies Robert Djed Snead will portray Loguen during his final sermon at the AME Zion Church in Syracuse. In the portrayal I Find No Fault in Him Loguen is in ill health, knows he is dying and is looking back over his life and the accomplishments, heartbreaks, setbacks, etc. Along the way Rev. Loguen escaped slavery, sharecropped in Canada, attended college, married and became a father and a property owner, campaigned for the Liberty Party, aided and abetted fugitives escaping slavery, and raised “Colored Troops”. Sponsors of Loguen’s inductee banner, which will hang in the Hall of Fame, will speak briefly on their affiliations with Loguen and then unveil the banner.
At 11:00 on Sunday, October 21 the Onondaga Historical Association (321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse NY 13202) will open its Freedom Bound exhibit on the Underground Railroad with displays of family images, original letters, and newspaper articles on Jermain Wesley Loguen, as well as an audio/visual program on the Jerry Rescue. At 2 p.m. Dennis Connors will conduct Abolitionist Amble, a walking tour of Syracuse abolition sites, including places related to the life of Jermain Wesley Loguen. The $12 tour begins at the Onondaga Historical Association. Reservations are required at 315-428-1864 ext 312 by October 16.
The public is encouraged to participate in the variety of activities during the abolition weekend. Friday evening at 7 pm The Hutchinson Family singers of Milford NH will perform a 19th C. Antislavery concert at the First Baptist Church in Hamilton. Kate Clifford Larson PhD will speak on Honoring Tubman in 2013 at the 11:30 am Saturday NAHOF luncheon at Colgate. Saturday at 4:45 pm, Robert Weible, NYS Historian and Chief Curator of the NYS Museum, will provide the keynote address An Irrepressible Conflict: New York State in the Civil War at the annual dinner in the Hall of Presidents at Colgate University.
Programs at the NAHOF event are supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, Abolition Agitation in New York State Sparks the War for Liberty and Justice, and with funds from the New York Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, a state agency, and the Cultural Resources Council, a regional arts council.
Inductee sponsorships and reservations for meals and conference packages are due by October 10. Other venues will take admission at the door. More information on the event and registration: www.nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org, mercantile.gerritsmith.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-684-3262.
Jermain Wesley Loguen, portrait by Joseph Flores, Rochester NY (2011)
Ceremonies celebrating Jermain Wesley Loguen’s induction into the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will be held October 19 – 21, 2012 at Colgate University in Hamilton and at the Onondaga Historical Association in Syracuse.
Robert Djed Snead aka Jermain Wesley Loguen
Robert Djed Snead, Rochester NY, will present a lecture The Search for the Real Life of Jermain Wesley Loguen at 2:30 on October 20, 2012 in Golden Auditorium at Colgate University. At 7 p.m. Snead will reenact Loguen’s final sermon.
Induction 11 Eve Loguen Unveil cmp
In October 2011, historians and affiliates gathered to nominate Jermain Wesley Loguen to the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro, and this year will gather October 19 – 21 for programs to honor Loguen and to unveil his inductee banner for The Hall.