Speaker to help commemorate 171st anniversary of Cazenovia Convention

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CAZENOVIA — Hugh C. Humphreys returns to Cazenovia to present on the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law Convention on Saturday, Aug. 21 — The 171th anniversary to the day of the Cazenovia Convention.

Humphreys presented in 2000 and 2010 in Cazenovia for other commemorations of the famous Convention, as well as at many programs in Central New York following his publication “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

The Great Fugitive Slave Law Convention and its Rare Daguerreotype by the Madison County Historical Society in the 1994 Madison County Heritage.

Humphreys said that he “was born in 1934 in the Bronx, grew up in Ramsey NJ, attended Villanova University, served in the U.S Navy aboard a destroyer in the Atlantic fleet, worked in Syracuse, and went to Columbia Law School, after which he worked in New York City for seven years.

Then, with the encouragement and support of his very close friend, the late Peter Mitchell, Humphreys moved to Willow Place in Cazenovia with his family in 1968.

Humphreys practiced law in Hamilton was a Madison County Judge, and worked for the Legal Aid Society in Utica for 18 years before retirement in 2018.

The event is in collaboration with the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum www.NationalAbolitionHallofFameandMuseum.org and the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark www.gerritsmith.org.

For more information, mail Cazenovia Heritage, P. O. Box 103 Cazenovia NY 13035, visit www.cazheritage.org.

People can also email info@cazheritage.org

Humphreys was an adjunct professor at Syracuse University Law School, a founding member of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, and served on its Cabinet of Freedom for fourteen years.

He has written and presented plays, poetry, paintings, and programs on Madison County and Peterboro.

The newly incorporated Cazenovia Heritage organization has arranged Humphreys’ free presentation at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 21 in the Cummings Theatre, 18 Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia, as part of A Remembrance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law Cazenovia Convention.

The Madison County Historical Society will have copies of Humphreys publication for sale, and a guided tour of five sites associated with the Caz Convention will follow the program.

The event is in collaboration with the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum www.NationalAbolitionHallofFameandMuseum.org and the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark www.gerritsmith.org.

For more information, mail Cazenovia Heritage, P. O. Box 103 Cazenovia NY 13035, visit www.cazheritage.org, or email info@cazheritage.org

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