The 2012 Peterboro Emancipation Celebration will take place on Saturday August 4, 2012. Morning registration will take place at the Gerrit Smith Estate at 5304 Oxbow Road in Peterboro, NY at 10:00 AM. Parking is free. This is a family event to celebrate the history of freedom seekers who came to Peterboro with the aid of abolitionist Gerrit Smith.  The morning program begins with a reception and refreshments, tent meeting, annual group photo, procession to Peterboro Cemetery, wreath ceremony to honor Gerrit Smith and a memorial dedication of a stone for a freedom seeker who is buried in the Peterboro Cemetery. No lunch will be served, but there will be a break for families to picnic. The afternoon program will include a tour of the estate, games and contests for children, and a talk by guest speaker Hugh Humphreys at the Smithfield Community Center on Pleasant Valley Road in Peterboro at 2:00 PM. Mr. Humphreys’ presentation titled “Dr. King and the Mighty Stream of Righteousness; a Journey from Peterboro to Montgomery." will explore the history and influences of early reform on the Civil Rights movement. The 2012 celebration marks the 3rd  year the event has been revived in Peterboro from its early beginnings in the 19th century. A $5 donation at admission is suggested and the event is open to the public. For more information: 315-280-8828 and info@gerritsmith.org

The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (GSENHL) is on the state and national Underground Railroad trails. The GSENHL is open in 2012 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm from May 19 to September 23, by appointment, and for special events.   Admission is $3 for adults and free for students. For more information:  315-280-8828 or www.gerritsmith.org.

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Thanks for sharing the information about Peterboro Plans Emancipation Day. Now I know the reason behind the festival. I am happy that such festivals are conducted to celebrate the history of freedom seekers. Thanks for describing more details about the events.


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