National Abolition
Hall of Fame
and Museum

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The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

honors antislavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery,

and the legacy of that struggle, and strives to complete the second

and ongoing abolition – the moral conviction to end racism.


Why an Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum? 

So we never forget!





 To learn more, visit our Museum and Hall of Fame pages


In the fall of 1835, members of the anti-slavery movement in New York State publicized their plans to establish a state society (Morrison 65).  Announcements went out for the inaugural meeting to be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, Bleecker Street, Utica on October 21.  After the meeting had convened, about eighty men pushed their way into the church with cries of “Open the way!  Break down the doors!  Damn the fanatics!  Stop your damn stuff!” (Morrison 61).  The meeting was successfully interrupted.

     The Peterboro Presbyterian Church late 19c. early 20c.       Gerrit Smith was present in Utica and invited the convention attendees to complete their meeting in Peterboro the next day Read more

An Exhibit chronicling American Abolition from the Colonial Period to the current period of the Ongoing and Second Abolition is being installed in the assembly room of the Smithfield Community Center home of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in a manner that provides occasional mobility when the stage and assembly are used for staged presentations. The Smithfield Community Center orginally the Peterbor Presbyterian Church was the site of the inaugural meeting of the New York State Antislavery Society in 1835. The primary researcher and author of the exhibit is Milton C. Sernett, Ph.D. professor emeritus Syracuse University      where Dr. Sernett taught African American studies.

 Abolitionists are inducted to the Hall of Fame 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 held in Peterboro on October 22, 1835. The inductees are 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.

Throughout the year the National Abolition Hall of fame and Museum provides and promotes other events that increase awareness of abolition and abolitionists.

The National Abolition Hall of fame and Museum (NAHOF) encourages public nominations of abolitionists to the Hall of Fame.      


American Experience:
The Abolitionists

Vividly brings to life the epic struggles of the men and women who ended slavery

Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners – these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, “The Abolitionists” takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history. It reveals how the movement shaped history by exposing the fatal flaw of a republic founded on liberty for some and bondage for others.

•DVD The Abolionists will be available through the Peterboro Mercantile.with proceeds going to the National Abolition Hall of fame and Museum.
•2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (01/01/1863).
•Interweaves drama and documentary storytelling.
•Stars Richard Brooks (“Law & Order”), Neal Huff (“The Wire”) as well as Jeanine Serralles, Kate Lyn Sheil, and T. Ryder Smith.
•Narrated by Oliver Platt (“The Big C,” “2012”).
•Part of the highly acclaimed and television’s most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.

Teachers If interested here is a link to a number of lesson activities that could be helpful to you:







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