In our increasingly polarized society, the symbol of the 19th century Underground Railroad movement and its abolition activists challenge us to publicly reflect and act upon the legacy of the institution of slavery in our contemporary times. – P. Stewart

We Invite You to Join Us for the FreedomCon 2021 Zoom Series – Freedom Road: the Struggle for Justice Continues


A monthly series of presentations and conversations featuring leading scholars and activists.

Focusing on the nation’s unprecedented, and long overdue, examination of systemic racism in America, UREC connects the historical Underground Railroad, the first civil rights movement in the United States, with the current struggles to dismantle injustice, oppression, and the false idea of White as superior. With the heightened awareness and polarization in the U.S., the urgent need to address these issues cannot be overstated.

Time: all presentations are on Saturdays from 3pm-4:30pm Eastern time
Registration Fee: $10 per presentation or $80 for the full package of 10                                                                    Closed Captioning will be available at each presentation                                                                                Scholarships are available – see the Registration form for information

FreedomCon Raffle: click HERE for details


FreedomCon 2021 is sponsored, in part, by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant. Humanities New York encourages critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena through grants, programs, networking and advocacy. Visit to learn more.”


A big THANK YOU goes out to our Additional Sponsors –  Steven and Diane O’Connor (Myers Circle), Christina Cummings, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Albany Steel Inc., (Henry and William Gardner Supporter), Hon. Kathy Sheehan, Roger O. Green, Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, (Garnet Circle), Albany Housing Authority, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Hon. John T. McDonald III, John Brown Lives!, First Reformed Church of Schenectady, MAGCAR Insurance, Krispin’s Automotive Repair, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District (Elkins Circle), Yvonne Abunaw, Anonymous, Gregory A. Gosier CFP, Modern Press, Anonymous, Martha Swan (Abolitionist Circle) – Please show your support for our sponsors by purchasing their services, participating in their programs,  and promoting them in your networks.

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Feb. 27The New York Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War
Mar 20Dr. Dorothy L. Brown and the Politics of Adoption and Abortion, 1950 to 1968
Apr 24Staten Island’s Freedom Struggles and the Underground Railroad
May 22Documenting Racially Restrictive Covenants in Washington DC: A Primer
Jun 26African Americans Fighting White Supremacy in the Wake of the Tulsa Massacre
Jul 24Racist Violence is as American as Cherry Pie
Aug 21“When You Lift from the Bottom, Everybody Rises”: The Moral and Material Necessity of Ending Poverty
Sept 25Destined to engage and collaborate: Examining the Social/Political Dynamics of Native Americans and African Americans in the United States
Oct 23Building Community through Free Black Migration before the Civil War
Nov 27Native American Lives Matter

Underground Railroad Education Center invites you to join us for FreedomCon 2021, our 19th annual public history conference.

As the first civil rights movement in the United States, the Underground Railroad movement provides a foundation upon which we can stand today as we work to ensure equity and justice for all.
The Underground Railroad movement provides a living model for continuing the road to freedom which it began—building community, partnering with others to educate, explore, and create as we travel the path of justice for all.

FreedomCon, previously known as LibertyCon, traditionally has taken the form of a day-long or weekend public history conference exploring social and racial justice issues both historical and current.

Given the continued uncertainty regarding public gatherings in coming months, our 2021 FreedomCon will be a series of 90 minute sessions which will include a presentation followed by a moderated conversation. We hope that you will join UREC in this enriching experience.