Syracuse is rich in African American history. Early abolitionists, suffragists, and advocates for native sovereignty and treaty rights established their voices and led nationwide change from Central New York. The area has also reverberated from such dramatic shifts as the vast migration from Southern states and the demise of the city’s 15th ward. Unfortunately, much of this history of African Americans in Syracuse is scattered among churches, community organizations, and private residences. The Black History Preservation project is committed to honoring and celebrating the history and heritage of black people in Syracuse and Central New York. A partnership of residents, community organizations, and SU faculty and staff has resulted in the development of this virtual museum to highlight the presence, accomplishments, and contributions of our often under-recognized community.
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