BENEFITING: AFRICAN-ATLANTIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 26, 2012
The African Atlantic Genealogical Society, Inc (TAAGS), has volunteered to be the Managing Agency for the African American Museum. TAAGS intends to continue to provide museum services to our community and beyond. We need exciting, informative exhibits to generate interest and support. We believe that "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" is the perfect project to educate, inform, and inspire our community.
The "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" Exhibit explores an 1846 abolitionist "scheme of justice and benevolence" in which 3,000 African American men each received 40 acres of Adirondack land from Madison County, New York philanthropist Gerrit Smith.
Part strategy in the political war on slavery, the land giveaway was also timed to expand the right to vote in New York when a referendum reinstating a $250 property-owning requirement for free black voters was about to be passed.
Through letters, documents, archival photographs, and curator Amy Godine's illuminating text, the exhibition reveals the backdrop and motivations of some of the country's most illustrious anti-slavery leaders who energetically promoted the land give-away, including the Rev. Henry Highland Garnet of Troy, Frederick Douglass, Syracuse's Rev. Jermaine Loguen, and Dr. James McCune Smith of New York City.
Though most of the 3,000 grantees never moved onto their land, one of the loosely knit communities settled in the Adirondacks by the new land owners came to be called "Timbuctoo". To complement the exhibition we will pre-distribute lesson plans and follow-up material so that our school groups can make the most of their visits to the exhibit. We have also scheduled scholarly discussions throughout the 3-month exhibition period.
We are volunteers. We have a very modest budget and the grant that we have applied for requires matching funds. We need help to reach our goal.
"Dreaming of Timbuctoo" Oct 26, 2012 - Jan 26, 2013
African American Museum of Nassau County
110 North Franklin Street, Hempstead NY 11550-3029
516 572-0730 www.theaamuseum.org