Invitation for Public Nominations:
The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) encourages persons or organizations to nominate abolitionists who worked in the United States for the immediate abolition of slavery, and who made significant impact in the abolition movement prior to 1870 to be considered for induction.
Nominations must be submitted electronically. Each nomination will be reviewed by the inductee committee of the Cabinet of Freedom. The completed application is used to determine the merits of the nominee for induction into the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum.
Past Process of Nominations:
Up until 2015, four or fewer abolitionists have been inducted during the odd numbered years on the October weekend closest to the anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the New York State Anti-Slavery Society, which had been held in Peterboro on October 22, 1835.
The inductees were then commemorated the following (even numbered) year, again on the October weekend closest to the anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the New York State Anti-Slavery Society.
2015 is the 10th anniversary of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2015, the focus of the October events will be a special celebration of Lincoln: The Great Emancipator. There will be no induction of abolitionists during the 2015 celebrations.
The induction process will continue after the 2015 events with the inductions now taking place during the even numbered years and the commemorations during the odd numbered years.
Abolitionists inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, 2007 and 2009 were initially selected using a list of top abolitionists generated by a 2004 survey of abolition scholars by Amy Godine, a member of the first Cabinet of Freedom. The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum appreciates the thoughtful inductee selection responses of participating scholars:
Kate Clifford Larson
John R. McKivigan
James Brewer Stewart
Sally Roesch Wagner
Thank you to these scholars for activating inductions
In 2006 Ayanna Williams, Colgate University Upstate Institute Fellow, researched other hall of fame nomination procedures and reported her findings to the Cabinet of Freedom. From her work much of the NAHOF induction process was developed.