St Lawrence County Historical Association

Encore Presentation of

“Who's Under That Load of Hay?” The Abolitionist Movement and the Underground Railroad in St Lawrence County

Bryan Thompson, DeKalb Historian

Bryan Thompson, DeKalb Town Historian, speaks to audience members after his abolitionist and Underground Railroad presentation in January at the St Lawrence County Historical Association.

Due to popular demand an encore presentation of "Who's Under That Load of Hay?" The Abolitionist Movement and the Underground Railroad in St Lawrence County by Bryan Thompson, DeKalb Town Historian, will be given on Saturday, February 27th at noon at the St Lawrence County Historical Association, 3 East Main St, Canton.

This exciting presentation by Bryan Thompson covers the development of the abolitionist movement in St Lawrence County from the early slaveholding days to the county’s role as an enclave of some of the staunchest abolitionists in New York State. A variety of local abolitionist and Underground Railroad sites and events will be discussed. This program is based on three years of research by Thompson.

The Underground Railroad was the dangerous path to freedom that escaped slaves took to northern states and Canada. Among the facts that Thompson uncovered during his research is that some of the first elected officials of St Lawrence County were slave owners. Thompson will also speak about how he researched the abolition movement and Underground Railroad in St Lawrence County, and how he separates fact from folklore, particularly about homes that were supposed stops on the Underground Railroad.

The talk will begin at noon on Saturday, February 27th in the County Gallery of the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main Street, Canton. The public is welcome to this free program; those attending may bring their lunch. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be provided.

Parking is available in back of the SLCHA, next to the main entrance to the museum. For more information, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail. This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.