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.
Gerrit Smith was present in Utica and invited the convention attendees to complete their meeting in Peterboro the next dayRead 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.