Park Street AME Zion Church

1220 Park Street, Peekskill Built by formerly enslaved persons in 1852, the Park Street American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church was part of the Underground Railroad. At the time of the church’s construction, New York State was nearing a quarter century of abolition. However, the United States as a whole would not follow suit for… Continue reading Park Street AME Zion Church

Sojourner Truth Birthplace

153 Carney Road, Rifton A small brick house standing on Carney Road is the birthplace of Sojourner Truth, a famous African American abolitionist and feminist. Born, circa 1797, to an enslaved, Dutch-speaking couple, Elizabeth and James Baumfree, Truth (originally named Isabella Baumfree) exemplified resistance against slavery in the Hudson Valley, while her legacy of anti-slavery… Continue reading Sojourner Truth Birthplace