Blog » Tag: African Americans

  • Geneva and the Underground Railroad

    June 7th, 2024
    The question of whether Geneva was a station on the Underground Railroad has long been a subject of local debate and speculation.
  • From Pre-Emption Park to Courtyard Apartments

    February 9th, 2024
    A reflection on our November 2023 Community Conversation and housing in Geneva
  • Teaching Black History at Geneva High School

    May 21st, 2023
    Experience of speaking to Geneva High School's African American Literature class about local African American history.
  • African American Veterans Buried At Glenwood Cemetery

    May 12th, 2023
    Profiles of African American veterans buried in the Swift Post Veteran’s Plot (formerly Soldier’s Hill) at Glenwood Cemetery
  • The Rest of the story: 1972 Geneva High School Student Walkout

    March 10th, 2023
    A continuation of the Finger Lakes Times Looking Back article about the March 1972 Geneva High School (Geneva, New York) student walkout. 
  • American Issues Forum

    January 17th, 2023
    Overview of “Geneva, A City of Many Nations,” one of the panel discussions based on the American Issues Forum and held as part of the city's Bicentennial activities. 
  • Slavery at Rose Hill

    February 25th, 2022
    Overview of slavery at Rose Hill
  • Slavery in New York State

    January 21st, 2022
    A brief history of slavery in New York State
  • Benjamin Cleggett; Civil Rights Activist

    October 1st, 2021
    The story of Benjamin Cleggett.
  • From Beyond: Geneva’s Unheard Voices (A Theatrical Walking Tour)

    September 15th, 2021
    HWS Theatre and Historic Geneva present a theatrical walking tour that brings to life iconic African American figures from Geneva’s past.
  • Robert S. Duncanson, Landscape Artist

    June 11th, 2021
    Who was Robert S. Duncanson and why does his story matter?
  • Voices From the Archives

    February 26th, 2021
    Excerpts of oral histories with members of local African American community.
  • Geneva’s Stories: Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Serves the Community

    October 25th, 2019
    Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church celebrates 70 years of making a difference in Geneva.
  • More Notable Genevans

    February 16th, 2018
    Notable people from Geneva's African American community
  • Segregated Schools in Geneva’s Past

    January 5th, 2018
    Many Americans are familiar with the segregated schools of the Jim Crow South, however, officially segregated schools existed in most 19th-century communities in the North, including Geneva. It took the concerted efforts of Geneva's African-American community to advocate for improved education and eventual integrated schools for their children.
  • Geneva and the Civil Rights Movement

    February 26th, 2016
    As we at the Geneva Historical Society look back at the 1960s this year, we cannot ignore the protest movements that sprung out of that decade, particularly the Civil Rights Movement.
  • The Zoot Suit

    January 9th, 2015
    In keeping with our current emphasis on the 1940s, I looked in the local newspapers for zoot suits. Although zoot suits were known in some form from the early 1930s, the first Geneva reference I found was in 1942.
  • Celebrating African-American Freedom

    July 31st, 2013
    Geneva's African-American community hosted a number of emancipation celebrations in the 19th century to celebrate their freedoms while protesting slavery and racial inequality.
  • 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

    February 25th, 2013
    A little over one-hundred fifty years ago, on September 22, 1862, President Lincoln took a step he had planned for months and proclaimed that as of January 1, 1863 “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.…”
  • Kidnapped!

    February 4th, 2013
    The kidnapping of two African-American men from Geneva, New York in 1857
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