The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a free public program on Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.
“Blacks in the Adirondacks” will take a look at the impact made by people of color in the North Country, says program presenter Diane O’Connor.
“People of color have added much to the rich tapestry of Adirondack history. From farmers and trappers to traders and innkeepers—their contributions are many. Sadly, we do not know their stories and have failed to celebrate their accomplishments.”
Included among those individuals is Prince Taylor, a free African-American man and a veteran of the American Revolution. Taylor ran an inn on his property, located near what is now Black Point Road in Ticonderoga. In 1791, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison visited Taylor’s farm.
The program is part of the museum’s year-long look at “History, Race and Gender in the Adirondacks,” and is funded by a grant from Humanities New York.
The program will be held outdoors, under a tent, and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. Reservations may be made by calling the Hancock House at 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to: email@example.com.