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Free People of Color: a Three-Part Presentation Uncovering Different Experiences Within the African American Community of 19th-Century Albany – Albany History Fair by Historic Cherry Hill

May 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A Zoom Meeting Livestreamed on Facebook at
Moderated by Dr. Kori Graves, Associate Professor of History at the University at Albany, this three-part presentation will shed light on the varying experiences of free people of color in an emerging community in 19th-century Albany.

Kathryn Kosto, Executive Director of Albany County Historical Association will present on Roseanna Vosburgh who was born into slavery and emerged as a philanthropist and supporter of her community while working for the Olcotts at Ten Broeck Mansion.

Shawna Reilly, Education Coordinator at Historic Cherry Hill, will introduce the Knapp family, four African American siblings raised as wards and servants in Van Rensselaer households. The Knapps left an impressive collection of personal letters and belongings at Cherry Hill that tell the story of their struggles for autonomy and their strong ties of kinship.

Dr. Kori Graves will share her research on C. Mary Williams and her family, African Americans living in Albany from the early 1800s to the end of the century.


May 13, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Historic Cherry Hill
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