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Black Adirondackers Subject of New Book at Saratoga County History Center Nov. 19

The Black Woods, a new book and a discussion Nov. 19. The Black Woods, a new book and a discussion Nov. 19.

BALLSTON SPA — Amy Godine, noted Saratoga Springs scholar, will discuss her newly released book, The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier, at the annual meeting of the Saratoga County History Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19.

The Black Woods chronicles the history of Black pioneers in New York’s northern wilderness. From the late 1840s into the 1860s, they migrated to the Adirondacks to build farms and to vote. On their new-worked land, they could meet the $250 property requirement New York’s constitution imposed on Black voters in 1821 and claim the rights of citizenship. 

The book, scheduled for release the preceding week by Cornell University Press, will be available for purchase that evening in the museum’s shop. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to 75, reserve a at:

The Saratoga County History Center at Brookside Museum is located at 21 Fairground Ave. in Ballston Spa. 

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