NAHOF wins PBS Abolition Map of America Contest

Last month, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro joined in partnership with “American Experience” on the Abolitionist Map of America — an interactive website that explores events, characters and locations connected to the anti-slavery movement.

On Dec. 4, Casey E. Davis, special projects assistant, PBS American Experience at WGBH in Boston, announced that the Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro had won the Abolitionist Map of America Pin Drive Contest by pinning the most information on abolitionists. The interactive map explores the legacy of the anti-slavery movement through its impact on local communities.

The map is the extension of the three-part series “The Abolitionists,” premiering on PBS on Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15 and 22. The map engages communities around their local history, expanding upon the stories told in “The Abolitionists” and connecting them to real geographic locations.

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum joins dozens of museums, libraries, archives and PBS member stations in populating the map with geo-tagged historical photos and documents, as well as more than 30 video clips from “The Abolitionists.”

Developed with innovative technology from public media history platform Historypin, the Abolitionist Map of America allows users to superimpose an archival image of a specific location over the present-day street view of that same location, showing how a significant place has changed over time.

The subjects that National Abolition Hall of Fame has pinned on the Abolitionist Map of America include the powerful Peterboro abolitionist Gerrit Smith, inductees to the Hall of Fame, and the Smithfield Community Center, the site of the first meeting of the New York State Anti-slavery Society.

For more information, visit nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org or email nahofm1835@gmail.com.

Dot Willsey is publicist for the National Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro. She can be reached at 684-3262 or dwillsey@twcny.rr.com.

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