Tales From the Black Woods

Tales from the Black Woods: Experiences of 19th Century Black Adirondackers is the fourth lecture in the Grange Fall Lyceum series Landscapes, Real and Imagined

 Tonight's lecture explores Essex County stories that underscore the deep appeal of land ownership and farming for black families before the Civil War, and celebrates the richness of the 19th-century black Adirondack experience.

Historian and author Amy Godine will tell the stories of how a self-emancipated slave from New Orleans wound up on an Adirondack homestead; why a black collier and Civil War veteran from New Russia took the famous abolitionist, Gerrit Smith, to court; and how it was that a slave owned prime lakefront property in Lake Placid and never knew a thing about it. This lecture will change your perception of the historical landscape of our region.