PETERBORO — Congresswoman Claudia Tenney hosted Congressman Burgess Owens for a tour of historic abolitionist sites located across upstate New York, including Peterboro in Madison County.
The representatives started their tour at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark in Peterboro, which was the home and office of Gerrit Smith. Smith was a staunch proponent of abolition who is considered one of the most powerful figures of the historic movement. It was at Smith’s home that many abolitionists would gather to advance and grow their vitally important cause. Smith was responsible for securing the freedom of hundreds of African Americans, assisting for their safe passage to Canada, and helping freed slaves establish new lives in our region.
Following their visit to the Smith Estate, Tenney and Owens made their way to the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, which hosted the inaugural meeting of the New York State Antislavery Society in 1835. The museum features many of the most renowned figures of the abolitionist movement, including Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, and Harriet Tubman, to name a few.