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Slavery in the Finger Lakes

September 24, 2023, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Rose Hill Mansion
3373 Route 96A
Geneva, NY 14456

Henry Douglas with a pair of oxen

Born into slavery in 1812 at Rose Hill, Henry Douglas worked as a cart man and farm overseer in Waterloo.

The first program in the Historic Geneva Fall Program Series is "Slavery in the Finger Lakes." In conjunction with the current exhibits Lift Every Voice: Geneva’s Black Community Since 1966 and Slavery in New York State, Executive Director Kerry Lippincott will present the program at Rose Hill Mansion. She will examine slavery in New York State and explore the lives of Rose Hill’s enslaved people.

Rose Hill is a site filled with many stories. One of the stories is slavery. Slavery was in fact legal in New York from 1626 through the 1840s. From 1792 to 1796 and 1803 to 1827, enslaved people lived and worked on the Rose Hill property.

The lecture series is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams fund for programs in the Humanities and is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, call the Historic Geneva office at 315-789-5151.

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