Go-To Guide for Black History Month in New York State

North Star Underground Railroad Museum
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

With over twenty-four Underground Railroad sites in New York State alone, Harriet Tubman is profound key to the history of Auburn, NY. The national park is a historical destination to learn about the life of a brave woman who was an abolitionist and an integral part of the Underground Railroad. The Harriet Tubman Visitor Center and Harriet Tubman Residence are key components of the park; as well as Fort Hill Cemetery, where Harriet Tubman is laid to rest. Visit the website to learn more.

Stephen & Harriet Myers Residence

Stephen Myers and his wife Harriet turned their Arbor Hill home into an important stop on the Underground Railroad. The Myers Residence welcomed freedom seekers and served as a meeting place for noted abolitionists throughout the 1800s. The Myers Residence is run by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. and is open for the community to come and learn about the inspiring story of the Underground Railroad. Visit the website to learn more.

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Equal Rights Heritage Center
Pictured/Photo credit: Equal Rights Heritage Center

During the month of February, you can learn more about African American achievements in U.S. history by visiting Kingston, NY. Various events are taking place throughout Black History Month including spoken word, comedy shows, performances and workshops fit for kids and adults. Take part in the Black Heritage Tour, a two-day tour in New York’s Hudson Valley, where you’ll be able to experience the amazing strides made by the men and women who helped shape this region.

Discover more historical landmarks of New York State including Equal Rights Heritage CenterColored Musicians Club MuseumRochester Museum & Science CenterNiagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage AreaFenton History Center, and National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum.

Where to Eat

Grab a bite to eat at Essie’s Restaurant, located right in the backyard of the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Walker’s Modern American menu is inspired by global flavors and his family roots from the Caribbean and American South. Head over to Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar where Umana Yana means “meeting place of the people.” Experience communal dining and street food from around the world.

For more information about our rich history throughout the state, visit our Path Through History website.


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