NYS Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation 100Redefining the Family: The Livingstons and the Institution of Slavery in Early America will be on view at Clermont State Historic Site from June 23, 2024–June 22, 2025.

Germantown, NY – On Sunday, June 23, 2024, Clermont State Historic Site will open its newest exhibition Redefining The Family: The Livingstons and the Institution of Slavery in Early America. Drawn from research completed by Livingston descendant, Pennsylvania State Representative Christopher Rabb, the exhibition explores the life of Rabb’s great-great-great-grandmother Christiana Taylor Livingston Williams Freeman (1812-1909)– who was born to a Black enslaved mother and her enslaver, a White Livingston– and Rabb’s journey validating his family’s oral history about his lineage. The exhibition will be on view in the site’s Visitor Center, which will be open from 10:30am–5pm on June 23. A special reception, with remarks and refreshments, will be held from 12:00–2:00pm. Parking fee $5. RSVPs for the reception are appreciated and can be made at bookeo.com/Clermont. Call (518) 537-4240 for more information.

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Emily Robinson, Interpretive Programs Assistant, Clermont State Historic Site

1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown, NY 12526

(518) 537-4240 / Emily.Robinson@parks.ny.gov