DeWitt Cazenovia resident, Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and History and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Syracuse University, Dr. Milton C. Sernett, will present a program on New York’s Freedom Trail and the Underground Railroad during the Onondaga County Civil War Round Table at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in the Town of DeWitt Community Room.
The program is free, open to the public and is made possible through “Speakers in the Humanities,” a program of the New York Council for the Humanities.
Sernett is the author of fourteen books, including “African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness,” North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom,” Abolition’s Axe: Beriah Green, Oneida Institute and the Black Freedom Struggle” and “Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, & History.” He has been a Research Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute and Harvard University as well as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin, Germany.
Sernett has also been a member of the New York State Freedom Trail Commission, and is on the Cabinet of Freedom of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro of Madison County.
Several units from Onondaga and nearby counties and hundreds of local soldiers from Camillus, Marcellus, Fabius, Pompey, Tully, Otisco, Cicero, Geddes and Syracuse, as well as Auburn, Homer, Preble and Cortland fought during the Civil War.
The OCCW Round Table covers all of Central New York, including counties that border Onondaga County. It is essential to reach all of the citizens in the greater Syracuse area that might be interested during the second year of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.
The Town of DeWitt Community Room is located at 148 Sanders Creek Parkway in East Syracuse.