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Defying Expectations: How Local Black Women of the Gilded Age Reshaped Black Education & Literacy into the 20th Century


On Juneteenth weekend, guest speaker Bill Jeffway, Executive Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society, will discuss two local Black women, Susan Elizabeth Frazier and Sadie Peterson Delaney. Hosted in Staatsburgh's elegant dining room, this talk will explore the role that Black women played in profoundly uplifting the Black community of the Hudson Valley during the Gilded Age. Both women succeeded in a way that defied societal expectations. By doing so, they changed the playing field in irreversible ways on a national level. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. Reservations are required. Payment accepted upon arrival.

Staatsburgh State Historic Site
  • 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Road 1
  • Staatsburg, NY 12580