National Abolition
Hall of Fame
and Museum
PBS Contest




In November the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro NY joined in partnership with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on the Abolitionist Map of America, an interactive website that explores events, characters and locations connected to the anti-slavery movement, one of the the most important civil rights crusades in American history.  On December 4, Casey E. Davis, Special Projects Assistant, PBS American Experience at WGBH in Boston, announced that the Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro had won the Abolitionist Map of America Pin Drive Contest by pinning the most information on abolitionists. The interactive map explores the legacy of the anti-slavery movement through its impact on local communities.


The map is the extension of the three-part series The Abolitionists, premiering on PBS Tuesdays, January 8, 15, and 22, 2013. The map engages communities around their local history, expanding upon the stories told in The Abolitionist sand connecting them to real geographic locations. The map brings events from the past to life and integrates them into present-day America.


The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) joins dozens of museums, libraries, archives, and PBS member stations in populating the map with geo-tagged historical photos and documents, as well as more than 30 video clips from The Abolitionists.  Developed with innovative technology from public media history platform Historypin, the Abolitionist Map of America allows users to superimpose an archival image of a specific location over the present-day street view of that same location, showing how a significant place has changed over time.


The subjects that NAHOF has pinned on the Abolitionist Map of America include the powerful Peterboro abolitionist Gerrit Smith, inductees to the Hall of Fame, and the Smithfield Community Center, the site of the first meeting of the New York State Anti-slavery Society. Abolitionist Map of America will be available as an iPhone app in December 2012.

National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

5255 Pleasant Valley Road

PO Box 55

Peterboro N.Y. 13134

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