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Abolitionists and African-American history in New York State

African-american history in New York state is a tale of perseverance, creativity and community.

All across New York State, there are important places imbued with significance to African-American history and the fight for equality, from the Harriet Tubman home in Auburn, to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, the final resting place of civil rights giants like Shirley Chisholm and Mary Burnett Talbert. These places are more than just museums or landmarks. They are powerful reminders of the struggle for racial justice, where we can feel the enormity of Harriet Tubman’s courage or John Brown’s determination. Transforming New York State into a place of tolerance and acceptance was no easy task. And as we look back at our proud African-American history, we continue to honor those who have contributed so much.