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MVCC Cultural Series to host several events focusing on abolitionist movement

Feb 1, 2017

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The Mohawk Valley Community College Cultural Series is hosting several events about the abolitionist movement for Black History Month. Admission to these events is free.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, a traveling exhibit from the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Information Technology Building on the Utica Campus. The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Peterboro, honors antislavery abolitionists and their work to end slavery, as well as the legacy of that struggle. It also strives to complete the second and ongoing abolition — the moral conviction to end racism. The traveling exhibit consists of panels that will be set up in the lobby through Feb. 28 to educate visitors on the important people and events of the abolitionist movement. The exhibit opening will be followed by a screening of the Netflix Original Documentary “13th” in Schafer Theater. The groundbreaking film traces the line from slavery to mass incarceration in the United States, and raises the question of whether criminal justice reform is the new abolitionist movement.

Writer and activist Deirdre Sinnott will present the lecture “Utica: Hotbed of Abolition 1833-1836” at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in room 119 of the Plumley Complex on the Rome Campus. Sinnott will talk about Utica’s role at the center of the fight to abolish slavery, including four seminal events that highlight the differences between the American Colonization Society and the Anti-Slavery Society, such as the 1835 Utica Riot and the 1836 rescue of two fugitives from slavery. She will present the lecture at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Alumni College Center room 116 on the Utica Campus.

The Cultural Series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council, in collaboration with MVCC’s Program Board, with significant support from the Student Activity Fee. The series maintains a major social media presence that can be followed on Facebook at “MVCC Cultural Series.” For the complete series lineup and ticket sales, visit

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